1Siri, Apps and a New Remote Help Apple TV Grow Up
2Make a Little More Room
The new Apple TV is bigger than its puck-like predecessor. Luckily, the only direction it has grown is up (1.4 inches versus 0.9 inches), meaning that it will fit in the same footprint as the old model. Design-wise, it stays true to tradition with its familiar black plastic casing and singular white LED status indicator.
3An Improved Remote
The bundled Siri Remote is a major improvement over the sleek but limited controller that shipped with older versions of Apple TV. It’s Bluetooth-enabled and packs a clickable touch-pad, gyroscope and accelerometer. A dual-remote design helps Siri pick up commands and questions well. It also charges with a Lightning cable (included) so finding replacement batteries is less of a concern. In hand, it’s much more comfortable to use than the tiny, hard-edged remote it replaces.
4Super Simple Setup
5No Remote App Support
Bad news if you need to set up your Apple TV from scratch. Text input is still a pain, made worse by Apple’s decision not to support the new hardware in its Remote app for iOS devices. Though swiping the touch-pad on the new remote makes nearly everything better on the new Apple TV (more on that later), it doesn’t help much in entering passwords or search terms.
8All About the Apps
Admittedly, it’s early days, and the app selection is limited. Plus, it’s debatable whether apps translate well to TV. There are some glimmers of hope. Travel apps like Airbnb and TripAdvisor are particularly well-suited for couch-based consumption, and a smattering of fitness apps are available for those looking for guided workouts at home. Watch this space.
9A Capable Games Machine
10Siri’s Here to Help
The Apple TV supports 1080p TVs, not the newer, more affordable 4K models flooding the market. This is disappointing, considering the company has embraced 4K resolution in its latest 21.5-inch iMac. On the bright side, buyers won’t be missing much since 4K streaming content is still rare.