The incredible is here as the fourth-generation Apple TV running brand new tvOS. At Apple’s media event it finally take the covers off of its new TV product. Details regarding its features, specifications and Apple TV 4 launch date can be checked right after this tidy wave.
After all, Apple has decided to apply limited design resources to the Apple TV 4. Continuation of the models that have already in treat before, maintaining a very familiar design ethos. Not so revolitionary, but with improved technical specs and restructuring internally means that the TV hardware is slightly taller and bigger than the ATV 3, but that’s to be expected. Comes in black color, sameas the previous two-gen models.
The Apple TV 4 storage issues shouldn’t be expected. As its is offered with a 32GB and 64GB variants. The 2015’s Apple TV is powered by an A8 processor that is found in the iPhone 6 models as well. New Remote is one of the main focus areas in the development of the new Apple TV was surely affording users with the ability to be able to control what goes on with the greater efficiency and ease. With the new remote controller, that ships with Apple TV 4, houses an integrated Glass touch surface for swipe navigation and control, Siri button, play / pause, volume, aMenu button, display button, and also a built-in microphone so that commands for Siri can be input from anywhere without shouting louder.
Impressive here is the integration of advanced motion control tech thanks to the inclusion of an accelerometer and gyroscope which helps to navigate around the UI and more particulary it can also be used for gaming purposes as demonstrated by the new Beat Sport app. The new remote connects using Bluetooth as opposed to IR in previous-gen models. The ATV 4 is going to be an affordable gaming console ready to download many of the games you already love from the App Store.
On the software front, the new Apple TV ships with a brand new operating system called tvOS, perfectly based upon Apple’s mobile iOS. This brings Apple TV on par with the rest of the company’s mobile platform offerings. Undoubtedly gives developers a whole new platform to target with an array of apps and games that can be run and played right on the ATV 4.
Nevertheless, the entire UI has been redesigned, and improvements like bouncing between apps by double-tapping the Home button on the remote, customizing your Home screen, ability to set inematic screen savers etc., will far into bringing the new Apple TV into more living rooms across the world. The tvOS although includes key iOS technologies such as Metal, giving the set-top box some essential glory in the casual gaming world.
The major part to speak about the integration of Siri into the 4th-Gen Apple TV is one killer feature that will have consumers eager to get their hands on the device to purchase, bargain. The inclusion of evolving digital assistant means that owners of the new hardware are able to fully control the set-top box through voice, using audio commands. Searching for your favorite movie or TV show just got a lot easier, however, that’s not all that Siri can do on the new Apple TV. Next what?
Just like the iPhone and iPad, the all new Apple TV will now respond on time to given voice commands and execute whatever it has been told to. The input for commands is given using the all new remote control. Great! Check out the image below for some of the instances and functions that can be triggered via Siri.
Universal Sewarch is a new addition from Apple for its new TV. 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. For instance, if your are searching for a movie, the new Apple TV will look forward for that particualr film on the likes of iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, and an array of other sources shoud they exist. This is truly a delightful feature for end-suers, Apple TV 2015 brought.
Finally, the Apple TV App Store is right here in all its full glory. Like its iPhone and iPad counterpart, the ATV App Store not only allow the device to be extended through the installation of excellent applications, but also coincide with a dedicated Apple TV SDK that eventually allows third-party developers to create and develop, later publish an array of powerful apps and games tailored for tvOS.
If App Store is settled on Apple TV 4, Apple Music is also headed to taste the experience , which will be as full as that on iOS platform with complete support for library, playlist, access to 30 million songs, and even the Beats 1 radio.
What about Support for Third-Party Game Controllers?
Yes. I am coming to that point. Apple has also added support for bluetooth based third-party wireless controllers for gaming purposes, which indeed means soon there will be special Apple TV compatible third-party controllers available that you can get seperately for gaming on the big TV screen.
The latest hardware will come in two storage options. Apple TV 4 with 32GB and 64GB model. The increase in storage should provide plenty of space for game data and the installation of third-party apps now that the device has been opened up to the App Store.
Price and Release Date
- Apple TV 4 – 32GB: $149
- Apple TV 4 – 64GB: $199
It will be available for purchase on October 5.
Note: If you want, you won’t be able to do is to hook up an external hard drive to your Apple TV to fix whatever storage issues you might run into, and that’s is the drawback.