Apple has announced the all brand-new 2015 design Apple TV 4 with tvOS. Right here are all the features, cost and release date details that you have to learn about.
Features / Specs
Apple has decided to apply limited design resources to the fourth-generation Apple TV. After all, if it isn’t technically broke then there’s no real harm in attempting to fix it. The newly announced Apple TV is a continuation of the models that have come before it, maintaining a very familiar design ethos. The improved technical specification and restructuring internally means that the hardware is slightly taller and bigger than the Apple TV 3, but that’s to be expected. Comes in black color, same as the previous two-gen models.
The new found capabilities of the Apple TV sees it officially move from being Apple’s “hobby” project to being a product that’s worthy of discussion and admiration, both in terms of functionality as well as revenue generation for the Cupertino company. Apple hasn’t said a word about what is going on under the hood of it’s popular set-top-box, but there is good reason to believe that it is being powered by an A8 processor that is found in the iPhone 6 models. This is a notable jump up from the A5 chipset found in the third-generation model.
One of the main focus areas in the development of the new Apple TV was undoubtedly affording users with the ability to be able to control what goes on with greater efficiency and ease. The original Apple TV remote was undeniably beautiful, but it couldn’t really be described as functional. The new and improved remote control that ships with the Apple TV 4, houses an integrated Glass touch surface, Siri button, play / pause, volume, a Menu button, display button, and also a built-in microphone so that commands for Siri can be input from anywhere without shouting. There’s also the integration of advanced motion control thanks to the inclusion of an accelerometer and gyroscope which helps to navigate around the UI and more importantly can also be used for gaming purposes as demonstrated by the new Beat Sport. The new remote connects using Bluetooth as opposed to IR in previous-gen models.
Software – tvOS:
Yes, the new Apple TV ships with a brand new operating system called tvOS. Here are some of its main features.
The integration of Siri into the fourth-generation Apple TV is one killer feature that will have consumers eager to get their hands on the device. The inclusion of Apple’s evolving digital assistant means that owners of the new hardware are able to fully control the set-top box via audible voice commands. Just like the iPhone and iPad, the all new Apple TV will now respond immediately to given commands and execute whatever it has been told to. The input for voice command is given using the all new remote control, as explained earlier.
The addition of universal search is an interesting move from Apple. The additional features afforded to the Apple TV 4 via the brand new tvOS will also be complimented by the ability to search a plethora of services from one single search area. So, as an example, if you’re searching for a particular movie, the new Apple TV will look for that movie on the likes of iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, and an array of other sources should they exist. It’s truly one converged search capability that will delight end-users.
The time has eventually come. It’s been discussed and speculated upon for so long, but the angels have spoken and the Apple TV App Store is finally here in all of its glory. Like its iPhone and iPad counterpart, the Apple TV App Store not only allows the device to be extended through the installation of excellent applications, but also coincide with a dedicated Apple TV SDK that allows third-party developers to develop and publish an array of powerful apps and games for the platform.
Apple’s attempt at cracking the home automation market has been a hot topic of discussion ever since the company’s HomeKit platform was announced. Offerings like the Philips Hue range have proven extremely successful with consumers looking to add a little intelligence and automation into the home. Apple has killed two birds with one stone by not only revamping the Apple TV, but also building HomeKit support directly into it by making it the main hub between HomeKit applications and compatible hardware installed throughout the home.
The bump in capabilities has ultimately meant that Apple have had to provide the Apple TV 4 with a little internal storage bump. The latest hardware will see the internal storage capacity double from 8GB to 16GB, which may not initially seem like a lot, but you need to remember that a lot of content is actually streamed directly from online services. The increase in storage should provide plenty of space for game data and the installation of third-party apps from the new App Store.
Support For Third-Party Game Controllers
Apple has also added support for bluetooth based third-party wireless controllers for gaming purposes, which means soon there will be special Apple TV compatible third-party controllers available that you can get separately for gaming on the big screen.
Apple TV 4 – 32GB: $149
Apple TV 4 – 64GB: $199
It will be available for purchase on October 5.