They have got it all iMacs, iPhones, iPads, iPods and TVs! Apple has always taken the technology world by storm with their innovative products. They are keeping the competitive companies on their toes with therevolutionary technology they use on every product.
In 2012, Apple TV did come with a few upgrades and tweaks. The improvements with this version are:
- It can finally stream 1080p movies that you buy through iTunes, Netfix and more.
- A new interface and A5SoC.
Thereare no over-whelming changes to the new version from the old one.Here is a review on what I feel about the latest Apple TV:
There is no change in the design from the previous model. It is more or less the same – black body with glossy sides and matt finish on top and bottom. With 3.9 inches along the sides, 0.9 inches tall and weighs 0.6 pounds, no one can complain about the size. If you wish, you can easily fit the device into your pocket.
It has a HDMI port, optical audio jack to plug the speakers and a Micro USB port. Setting up the Apple TV is very easy. All you have to do is plug the device and enter your password and iTunes credentials. Buying or renting movies is just a few seconds affair after you set-up the TV.
The changes are not much with the design. It is a beautifully designed remote with sleek silver finish and five-way control on the black, but not always useful. The directional buttons are not very distinct which can be a bit frustrating when you try to operate. Unlike the box, the remote could be tweaked with the future versions to make it more user-friendly.
Though the hardware is the same, Apple has made a few distinctive changes with the software. Unlike the previous version, the new TV is less text based and more like an iOS. The home screen contains the grid view of large icons divided into five rows and arranged in alphabetical order. Overall, the screen looks like a home screen of an iPhone.
Though it is an aesthetic enhancement, it doesn’t make the TV any easier to operate. There is a lot of navigation involved and you don’t have an option to rearrange the icons. Apple has improvised the keyboard layout to QWERTY unlike the previous 26-letter menu. On the whole, the interface is easy to use unlike the other devices available in the market.
Quality of picture and sound:
One prominent change to the new model is it can stream 1080p videos from iTunes, Netfix and more. The previous versions were compatible only up to 720p. You get crystal-clear picture quality accompanied by Dolby Digital 5.1 sound (sound quality also depends on your home theatre set-up). It offers superb TV experience though I noticed minimal compression artifact when movies are streamed. While it is incomparable with Blu-ray, it is definitely good improvement in picture and sound quality.
I cannot say there is a huge difference with this year’s AppleTV except for 1080p video stream. Navigation is better and it tops the list in being one of the easiest devices to set-up. The (minimal) content is the worrisome part of the device.
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