All You Need To Know About The New Apple TV
Apple has unveiled its all-new Apple TV, complete with its own app store and operating system, to be released in October.
The announcement took place yesterday (September 9) at Apple’s September 2015 event. Chief Executive Tim Cook also unveiled a new, larger iPad called the iPad Pro, and the new iPhone 6S, which is able to detect how hard users are pressing its screen.
Similarly to the competing Roku set top box, the new Apple TV uses a remote control and can be controlled by voice. Unlike Roku, however, the remote control features a touchpad, and more sophisticated voice control to search for content. Users can now simply say “find me [actor name]’s films” and receive matches. In addition, the search can also be extended to search across all apps on the device, such as Netflix, HBO Go, and so on.
Apple have been beaten to introducing apps to set top boxes by rival Roku, but the firm seems determined to catch up, with the new Apple TV sporting its own app store and the ability to play video games.
Speaking of these additions, Cook said: “The future of TV is apps.”
For all those who would like to know more, we’ve compiled a technical breakdown of how the new Apple TV fares against the original 2012 model:
|Apple TV (2015)||Apple TV (2012)|
|Price||$149 (~£96), $199 (~£130)||£59 (dropped from £79 on launch)|
|Dimensions||3.9 x 1.3 x 3.9 inches (98 x 33 x 98mm)||3.9 x 0.9 x 3.9 inches (98 x 23 x 98mm)|
|Output resolution||720p, 1080p||720p, 1080p|
|CPU||Apple A8||Apple A5|
|GPU||PowerVR GX6450||PowerVR SGX543MP2|
|Internal Storage||32GB / 64GB||8GB|
|WiFi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||802.11 a/b/g/n|
|Wired network||10/100 Ethernet||10/100 Ethernet|
|Ports||HDMI 1.4, USB-C||HDMI, USB, Optical|
|Motion control||Yes (accelerometer, gyroscope)||No|
|Operating system||tvOS||iOS 5|
|Video codecs||H.264 1080p, MPEG-4 480p||H.264 1080p, MPEG-4 480p, M-JPEG 720p|
|Audio codecs||HE-AAC, AAC, MP3, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Plus 7.1||HE-AAC, AAC, MP3, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV, Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Photo formats||JPEG, GIF, TIFF||JPEG, GIF, TIFF|
|Available content||iTunes, AirPlay, iCloud, Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, Showtime, MLB, NBA, NHL, CNN, FOX, PBS Kids, ABC News, Disney Channel, ESPN, USA and more||iTunes, AirPlay, iCloud, Netflix, MLB, NBA, NHL, YouTube, Vimeo, WSJ Live, Flickr|