The New Apple TV
You know that old saying that people use when they spend a lot on a certain brand? Well, we too should probably “buy some Apple stock”. We’re big fans, and even bigger consumers of this brand name that is so well known that people forget the original definition of the word Apple. That’s an exageration, of course. But think about it for a second: Is Apple more popular than the apple? Anyway, philosophical silliness aside, the Apple brand is powerful. No other company produces more hype than the Cupertino, California technology powerhouse. Luckily for us, it’s also hard to find another brand that gives us so many great products.
Take for example, the new Apple TV. Like other streaming devices, this new Apple TV is a device dedicated to the art and science of streaming. The different versions all stream well in our opinion, but as is often the case, the newest iteration has some tweaks and upgrades that made us smile.
It won’t shock you to learn that you can stream movies and music through iTunes with any version of it (much of it in 1080p), but did you know that Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, MLB TV. and more are also accessible through the device? That means a pretty varied world of entertainment is yours for the taking.
So what are the advantages of getting one of these device versus the others on the market like the new Roku 3? Well, we’re glad you asked. Since we’re comparing their latest models, here’s what we liked that’s different from the competitors of the new Apple TV.
The new Apple TV is a great streamer, but it also handles it’s secondary functions pretty well. You can stream photos, video and more from your Mac or PC with the new Apple TV using the iCloud Photo Stream, and do it all wirelessly. The apps for services like Hulu Plus and Netflix are as smooth as any we’ve seen, and you get almost no picture degradation or buffering. The latest Apple TV is one of the easiest devices to use that we have seen to date, and worked flawlessly using a MacBook Pro with Lion OS. It works straight out of the box, and is as user friendly and easy to set up as any device we’ve used with similar specs and in the same price range.
Since nothing is perfect in this crazy world, we think it’s only fair to point out what was less than stellar about the new Apple streamer. This includes less content than you can access with Roku’s latest model. Unfortunately, it’s missing a few of our favorites like HBO and Pandora. We’re also not crazy about having to rely on their proprietary iCloud instead of some kind of network storage, and although we like iTunes Match as well, we aren’t crazy about having to rely on it for almost everything we do with the new Apple TV.
Overall, we like the new Apple TV very much and think you will too.
Here are the specs for the latest, greatest, new Apple TV:
Control it from you iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with the Remote app / A good amount of 1080p programming, including movies and TV shows from iTune, Netflix, Vimeo and more / Previously bought movies, TV shows, and music can be accessed using iTunes Match / Stream video, games, and more from iOS devices with AirPlay. Music, videos, and photos can also be streamed from Macs and PCs / HDMI output and digital optical audio output / You can connect it to your network via Wireless-N or Ethernet / Includes 7-button remote.
Where you can get the new Apple TV…