There’s been a lot of talk about The iPad but we want to tell you all about Apple’s new 1080p Apple TV. Reviews have started to pour in and it looks as though it’s a major win for Apple. Even though it looks similar to the previous version, it adds an updated processor, 1080p video streaming and iCloud support.
1.) The new Apple TV includes an A5 Processor (similar to the new iPad) as well as a new software design. Overall, these additions ensure you have a quick and intuitive TV experience, vastly improving the 2010 version.
2.) Apple TV delivers 1080p content and includes a simple user interface that takes full advantage of the fact you’re probably watching shows on a widescreen TV set with large icons and beautiful high definition images.
3.) It looks the same. Hardware wise, the new Apple TV still looks like a black hockey puck. This is fine with most reviewers as it’s small size makes it easy to store and use discretely. The remote is also the same complete with the same buttons: pause, play, menu, four directional keys and a select button. As always, you can also control Apple TV by using the Apple Remote app.
4.) The most welcome upgrade is the Apple TV interface. The home screen features large images from recently rented and/or top content across the top portion of the display. Under that is a row of five iOS-ish icons: Movies, TV Shows, Music, Computers and Settings. Lastly, across the bottom of the display are icons for Netflix, MLB.com and Flickr. This layout is much better than the previous version when you had to choose from drop-down lists. Selected movie titles show up as a large poster image on the left quarter portion of the screen, with the title, description, rating and other information taking up the majority of the rest of the screen.
5.) The photo stream. Now you can share photos via Apple TV full-screen using Photo Stream. You can watch slide shows or select individual photos to view. One of the neatest features is you can now take a photo and watch it instantly upload to Photo Stream on Apple TV.
6.) iCloud support. Now you have access to all of your iTunes Match music and videos so you don’t need to connect to a computer anymore. You can purchase movies, TV shows and watch content from Netflix.
The new Apple TV will cost you the same as the previous version, $99.00. Will you be updating to the new version? Let us know in the comments below!
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