Apple Announces New Apple TV With Siri, App Store, New User Interface and Remote

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    Apple today announced the much-anticipated fourth-generation Apple TV at its "Hey Siri" media event in San Francisco, California. The new Apple TV was constructed on a foundation encompassing powerful hardware, a modern operating system, a new user experience with deep Siri integration, tools for developers, and most importantly, an App Store.

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    The Apple TV runs "tvOS," with a revamped iOS 9-style interface. Design wise, it looks similar to the existing set-top box, but it's thicker and ships with a much more advanced touch-based remote that Apple's calling the "Siri Remote." The top of the remote includes a glass touch surface for swiping through content as you would on an iPhone, and there's a built-in button for calling up Siri.

    Siri integration is a key part of the new Apple TV interface, as it lets users ask Siri to bring up content. It's possible to search through multiple apps to find a TV show or movie, and at launch, supported apps include Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime. Siri can answer questions about who's starring in a movie, bring up extraneous information like the weather outside, and ask Siri to replay parts of a movie that were missed or fast forward through content. For example, asking Siri "What did she say?" will rewind a movie 15 seconds and temporarily bring up subtitles.

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    Siri has a wide range of commands that will make searching for content on the Apple TV simple. You can ask Siri to "Show me New Girl," or "Find the best funny movies from the '80s."
    In addition to Siri integration, the other major software improvement to the Apple TV is a full App Store that includes games and popular apps. To facilitate gameplay on the Apple TV, the new remote includes an accelerometer and a gyroscope that can detect motion, much like a Wii Remote for the Nintendo Wii platform.

    On stage at the event, a multiplayer version of Crossy Road was demonstrated, with one player using the Apple TV remote and another player using an iPhone as an input device. The Apple TV will support both the iPhone and the iPod touch as an input device. Apple TV and iPhone games are going to be available universally, meaning you can start a game on the iPhone and then pick it up on the Apple TV.

    On stage, some upcoming apps for the Apple TV were shown off, including Netflix, HBONow, and Hulu. Game developers like Disney Interactive and Activision are working on games for the device that include "Disney Infinity 3.0" and "Guitar Hero." Harmonix is also developing a rhythm-based Wii Sports-style game that will be available exclusively on the Apple TV.

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    The new Apple TV also comes with brand new screen savers featuring high definition footage shot by Apple. The screen savers show off cities in slow motion video and will showcase footage based on the time of day.

    Starting today, developers can access the tvOS SDK via a new Xcode beta to begin creating games and apps for the Apple TV.

    Internally, the Apple TV includes a 64-bit A8 chip, with support for key iOS technologies like Metal, GameKit, and UIKit, all of which will allow developers to bring console-quality games to the device. The Apple TV is available with either 32GB or 64GB of storage, which will be used for downloading apps, and it includes Bluetooth 4.0, 801.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO and an IR receiver. The remote works over Bluetooth 4.0, so line of sight is not required, and its battery will last for up to three months on a single charge. Recharging the remote is done through a built-in Lightning connector.

    The Apple TV will begin shipping at the end of October in nearly 80 countries. It is priced at $149 for the 32GB version and $199 for the 64GB version. Apple will continue selling the existing Apple TV for $69, but that device will not support the new App Store.

    Article Link: Apple Announces New Apple TV With Siri, App Store, New User Interface and Remote
     
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    It seems really nice, but it turns your TV into a computer. I can't wait for my TV to lag after one or two updates. Also, Siri never works that well in real life.

    However, if it does work like they're showing it, it will be incredible. I hope it's a success.
     
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    What do we reckon on the new apple remote being compatible with the now old Apple TV box?

    Or the old box being able to update to the new OS
     
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    If Apple introduces a good game controller, the Apple TV could become an acceptable gaming machine with apps such as Final Fantasy and other higher-end games.
     
  5. Razeus macrumors 603

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    I better not have to buy a new unit to get these features. I'm fine with the old remote. Don't care for Apple logging all my voice commands.
     
  6. BradWI macrumors member

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    The universal search is nice. TiVo has had it for a while now and it works perfectly. Hopefully they let you set it up to not show results from services you aren't subscribed to and/or that cost extra $ like TiVo does, but knowing Apple they'll want you to buy the show/movie from them.
     
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    Logging all those late night blue movies?
     
  8. hemanwomanhater macrumors regular

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    I bet some third-party developers are already on it.
     
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    Apple TV couple be awesome if I can play games against other users. Games like Mario, racing, arcade fighting, etc would make this an instant buy for me. Would also want a pretty simple, high quality dedicated gaming controller.
     
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    Is this the best they can do? What ever happened to all those rumours for a decade or more that the Apple Tv would be the best thing since... TV? is this it? Seriously? Is it?
     
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    Hope it is gonna be user friendly enough to be a replacement for a device called "idiot box".
     
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    They barely caught up with competition; very underwhelming update.

    But! That's the market. Speak with your money and enjoy it if you buy into it.
     
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    No 4K for the Apple TV 4, just like no 4G for the iPhone 4 :p

    Also, no Bluetooth 4.1 or 4.2?
     
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    A8 Chip? 1GB of RAM? The members here will be in revolt.
     
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    I'm also disappointed. Siri is cool but its just a revamped Apple TV box. My old one is still sitting in the cupboard. I was hoping for a 5K TV with sensors that recognise when you're in the room. Everyone is selling TV boxes, they had the opportunity to introduce something different and they haven't.
     
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    Love it! Apart from the button design/placement on the remote, as it looks awful. The old remote was so beautiful with the large circle of buttons. They should have done the same, with icons on it. (Need a mockup!)
     
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    Six buttons, indistinguishable except for the labels, in a square grid. Including separate buttons for Menu (except it's being called Home on stage) and Siri--because surely there aren't a half billion units of another Apple product out there to teach people how those two things can share one button...

    This falls troublingly short of "a thousand no's for every yes".
     
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    Plex app and integrate local media in search please.
     
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    It's a good update but not enough to get me to ditch Plex, now if the plex app on the atv allows siri access to its content then I'll probably bite
     
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    Agreed. I prefer your product which clearly is better. What was it again? Oh what, there's nothing?
     
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    If i understand correctly, developers will be able to order one today.
     
  24. batistuta macrumors regular

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    Agree to 4K and local media search, though an app might remedy the search thing to some extent. No 4K is a deal breaker for sure - what were they thinking?
     

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