While millions of iOS and Mac users own and enjoy them, it’s true to say that Apple TV is not the world’s most successful Apple product.At least, not yetApple’s one-time “hobby” is a bit like the White Walkers in Game of Thrones — it just keeps coming back.Over the years, we’ve seen Apple try lots of things to make the product an absolute essential, and while I think the current model is a brilliant thing for any Mac, iPhone, or iPad user, it has still barely dented the TV streaming market.One thing Apple has tried to put together is to organize a "thin content" bundle that lets customers dump their cable subscription to pick up all the content they actually want to watch for one fixed monthly fee. It had a lot of problems getting this idea off the ground, and word is it eventually had to cave in to this reality and work on its TV guide instead.That was then. But a year is a long time when the media is transforming at a pace it … [Read more...] about Apple TV: The comeback king
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Apple TV has grown up a lot since its iTV days. It’s not just for iTunes rentals anymore—Apple TV handles just about anything we watch, from House of Cards to Game of Thrones and Major League Baseball games, and now that includes 4K content.Since Apple opened up its tiny streaming box to developers, it’s gone from fun to indispensable. With an extensive library of apps, Siri support, and a drop-dead simple interface, Apple TV is one of the underrated players in Apple’s lineup. Just like all those years ago, it’s still the device that “completes the story” of Apple’s entertainment ecosystem, and even without some of the bells and whistles of its competitors, Apple TV is still one of the best streaming boxes you can buy—from SD to HD to brilliant 4K.And we’ve got everything you need to know about it, including any questions you have about the new 4K model. Whether you’re buying your first one or just want to learn a few … [Read more...] about Apple TV 4K and tvOS 11: Everything you need to know about Apple’s digital media streamer
By the time Apple began its event on Wednesday, we already knew most of the basics: leaks had soured the surprise of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the iPad Pro, and certainly the long-awaited Apple TV refresh. However, one pre-show rumor didn’t come true, which left some people disappointed: The new set-top box isn’t a gaming powerhouse. It plays games, certainly. The addition of the App Store means that the new Apple TV is designed to run big-screen games, with Apple demoing a multiplayer version of Crossy Road, a new Rayman, and a rhythmic, family-oriented sports game from Rock Band maker Harmonix. And with the touchpad remote, iOS devices, gamepads, and other peripherals all supported, there’s some versatility to what developers can do with it. But the idea that the Apple TV could challenge the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 in any serious way seemed off-base, and Apple’s brief presentation didn’t inspire belief that gaming will be a tentpole focus for the … [Read more...] about Why the Apple TV won’t revolutionize gaming
On its way to appear on every platform imaginable, Minecraft has finally launched on the Apple TV. The game is a separate purchase from its iOS counterpart ($6.99), includes a bunch of DLC content, and costs $19.99. This release of Minecraft is on par with the console versions of the game pricing-wise, but tries to make up for it by coming bundled with three skin packs, three texture packs, this and last year's Holiday DLC packs, and various other content to sweeten the deal. Unfortunately, this version of Minecraft is also missing a few things that may turn off some long-time fans of the franchise. Namely, the multiplayer server hosting service Minecraft Realms does not work with the Apple TV version, and there is no Xbox Live support yet. Developer Mojang is promising that these features will find their way to the game in upcoming updates, however, so multiplayer shenanigans in voxel land should be possible soon enough on the Apple TV. Minecraft for the Apple TV also includes the … [Read more...] about Minecraft is now out on the Apple TV
App attack By Nilay Patel "The future of TV is here." It is not the world’s most understated tagline for a new product, especially one from Apple. If you want to set sky-high expectations around a new TV product after years of rumors and sly winks and shelved plans, well, that’s exactly how to do it. You say that you’ve invented the future of TV, and that it is here. You say it while knowing full well that Steve Jobs set the stage for a radical new TV from Apple in 2011 by directly telling his biographer that he’d "finally cracked it," and that he wanted to create "an integrated television set that is completely easy to use," with "the simplest user interface you could imagine." You say that the future of TV is here even though every attempt to place a computer at the center of the living room experience has bombed catastrophically for nearly two decades, and that rivals like Microsoft and Google have each been floored by the challenges of television. You take … [Read more...] about Apple TV review: is this the future?