Overhauled Apple TV features App Store, Siri remote and cross-service content search

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    Overhauled Apple TV features App Store, Siri remote and cross-service content search



    Simplified Siri voice search and downloadable third-party apps are the centerpieces of the brand new Apple TV, which also boasts a touchpad remote and an overhauled, colorful user interface.

    In unveiling the new Apple TV on Wednesday, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook declared that "the future of TV is in apps." To that end, the new Apple TV includes an entirely new operating system called tvOS, with access to existing iOS technologies like Metal and CloudKit.

    Some developers were given early access to the Apple TV, including content providers like Netflix, HBO and Hulu. Other, different options included AirBNB and a TV-based comic book reader.

    Some games from established franchises were also shown, like Disney Infinity, Guitar Hero, and Rayman.

    In one onstage demonstration, Jon Carter of Harmonix showcased Beat Sports, an Apple TV exclusive game. In the title, the motion sensing capabilities of the Siri remote were used to have an onscreen avatar swing a bat.

    The new Siri remote also has a glass touch surface up top allow users to interact with the device and select content. Users simply "glide" across the interface with their fingertips.

    In line with its namesake, the Siri remote also includes a dedicated Siri button, and an integrated microphone that will allow users to find content more easily. For example, upon selecting a TV show, users are presented with seasons, episodes, and more.

    Siri also does across multiple content apps, giving users all of their viewing options on a single screen. Content providers include iTunes, Hulu, Netflix, HBO, and Showtime, and more will be added over time.

    Siri can also be used for contextual commands. In one demonstration, Siri was asked "What did she just say?" The Apple TV automatically rewound the program and turned on captions.

    In another demonstration, the user searched for action films, then narrowed the search down to James Bond films, then just the ones with Sean Connery. Content can be searched by cast, date, director, and even age rating.

    Siri isn't limited to TV content, however. The voice-driven personal assistant also provides other information, such as sports scores and weather. Opening apps can also be accomplished by invoking Siri.





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    Apple TV 4 full specs and features – everything you need to know




    One of the most exciting new products Apple unveiled during its iPhone 6s media event is a brand new Apple TV, a device that’s about to take Apple’s “hobby” to a whole new level.

    Apple is making a big play for the living room, pitting the slightly more expensive Apple TV 4 against a variety of new products, including popular streaming sticks, such as the Chromecast and Roku, and regular gaming consoles, like Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4.

    The new Apple TV has a brand new design, and top hardware under the hood to become a must-have product for your living room. Check out its main specs below.

    Size: 10mm taller than previous version
    64-bit 16-nanometer Apple A8 processor
    32/64GB of storage
    Wi-Fi 802.11n
    HDMI support
    iOS 9-based tvOS with App Store access for applications and system-wide Siri support
    new remote with Bluetooth 4.0 support (up to 3 hours of battery life per charge)
    The new Apple TV will sell beginning on X, for $149 for the 32GB version and $199 for the 64GB version. The old generation Apple TV will continue to sell in Apple store for the same $69 price





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    The future of TV is apps: Apple announces the new Apple TV




    One of the biggest Apple events in recent history is underway, and despite all the leaks, it’s still been an exciting show so far for Apple fans anxious for new products. We’ve already seen a ton of Apple Watch updates and the new iPad Pro, but now we’re getting details on another hugely anticipated device: the Apple TV.

    As expected, Siri will play an important role in the new Apple TV ecosystem, allowing users to ask Siri to find whatever they’re in the mood for, be it a new movie, a great game or live sports. Siri also remembers the last thing you said, so if you ask for James Bond movies, then ask for “just the Sean Connery ones,” it’ll know what you mean.

    You can also ask Siri about movies and TV shows (or basically anything you can think of) while you’re watching. Siri will show an update at the bottom of the screen without interrupting the show or movie.






    The remote is also a big component of the new Apple TV, featuring a menu button, a TV button, a Siri button and more. But the key feature is the glass touch surface, giving users the ability to scroll through a menu without having to tap or hold down any buttons. You can click and swipe to fast forward or rewind through shows as well.

    Overall, the UI is relatively familiar, but it does look much cleaner than what you’ll see on a current Apple TV. Photos and Apple Music will be available on Apple TV as well, along with a ton of other apps you’re used to seeing on your iPhone or iPad.

    Another huge reveal: Apple TV will run on a new operating system called tvOS. Developers will have access to all the tools they’re familiar with using to develop for other iOS devices. Netflix, HBO Now and Hulu are already running on Apple TV, along with a few big game series, such as Disney Infinity and Guitar Hero.

    Hipster Whale took the stage to demo the unavoidably popular Crossy Road on Apple TV using the touchpad on the new remote. Crossy Road is also gaining multiplayer capabilities as it makes the move to tvOS (but iPhone users will be able to play together as well, so don’t feel like you have to buy an Apple TV for co-op Crossy Road).

    Another game demo from Harmonix for a game called Beat Sports showed off the motion control potential of the Apple TV remote. Yes, it’s basically a Wiimote, but I distinctly remember that working out pretty well for Nintendo.

    After seeing a few more app demos from Gilt and MLB At Bat, Eddy Cue moved on to the App Store, which looks pretty much identical to the App Store you’ve come to know. You can download a game on your iPhone, iPad and Apple TV and then move from one to the other seamlessly.

    As for the specifications: the Apple TV features a 64-bit A8 chip, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, IR receiver, as well as an HDMI port, a power port and an ethernet port. The remote also features Bluetooth 4.0, volume control, accelerometer, gyroscope and will last up to three months on a single charge.

    The 32GB model will cost $149, the 64GB model will cost $199 and both will be available to purchase in late October.





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    I dig it. I do think that it's time to upgrade my Apple TV, so I'll be getting one launch day.
    My Current iDevices: Silver 256GB iPhone X | Gold 64GB (Jailbroken) iPhone 6S Plus | Ceramic Apple Watch | Space Grey iPad Mini 4th Gen | Rose Gold (Jailbroken) iPad 9.7" Pro | Space Grey iPad Pro 12" 128GB | White iPad Air 32GB (Work) | 2015 iMac 27" Loaded! | Mid 2014 MacBook Pro | 2010 Mac Mini | 64GB White iPod 3rd Gen | AirPort Extreme | and of course (2) 4th Gen Apple TV

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