Let us know what you make of the new Apple TV in the comments and it’ll be interesting to see what comes of this late next month. If past releases are any indication, a huge amount of users will be grabbing the new OS and it will be a good time to show off new app features and reengage with users.
Games are going to be one of the major selling points of the upcoming Apple TV that is supposed to be announced most probably on the 9th of September in San Francisco at an Apple event. Moreover, the tvOS developer beta will also be available from today. Apple is having third-party developers create exclusive apps and multiplayer games for the Apple TV. Google has been betting big on Nvidia’s Shield TV ($199 onwards) to be a new-age gaming and media console, and it was pretty much expected that Apple will respond.
The Apple TV is powered by a 64-bit processor, runs 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, and has the same power, HDMI, and ethernet ports as its predecessor. TV and movie options actually display right on the remote, Apple says.
I had the opportunity to play around with the Apple TV a little bit after the company’s press conference, in a hands-on area at the auditorium.
Here’s the cherry on the cake: my new Apple TV won’t cost $149.
An all-new Apple TV has been built from the ground up with a new generation of hardware and interface using the Siri Remote. It is now also equipped with an accelerometer and gyroscope, something similar to the Nintendo Wii remote, which should come in handy for a slew of games. Like its doppelganger, the new Apple TV makes use of its remote as a game controller and boasts of motion controls, although the emphasis will not be on the buttons, but on a glass touch surface. The next-generation set-top-box from Apple is feature-rich, and none is most noticeable than the ability to play games on the big screen.
Apple TV still does not now attempt interact with the world of traditional television.
The Cupertino giant will be opening up a new platform for developers to create TV specific apps, which will primarily be games and entertainment for the new operating system aptly titled tvOS. It will be for broadcasters and service providers to decide whether and how to support Apple TV.
Honestly the price isn’t as bad as I was expecting, considering how hard they’re pushing for the tech within the remote, and honestly the cheaper model is likely all you really need as far as gigs go.
For those seeking to offer online video services, Apple offers a powerful ecosystem.