Apple TV 4 Reviews: Siri is Helpful and There's Loads of Potential

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With the launch of the new fourth-generation Apple TV just a couple days away on Friday, October 30, the first batch of reviews for the new set-top box have arrived online. Most sites have come away with positive impressions of the new Apple TV, noting that Siri is extraordinary helpful and the inclusion of tvOS and apps give the device a lot of potential for the future.

    BuzzFeed says that the biggest new feature on the Apple TV, the new Siri Remote, is a "drastic" improvement over the remote included with previous Apple TV remotes. The touchpad is "surprisingly accurate and easy" to use for pinpointing certain moments during a film or TV show. The universal search via Siri, however, will have longtime Apple TV users "resenting Apple for not enabling it sooner." Siri, according to BuzzFeed, is both useful and clever.
    While The Verge also enjoyed Siri on the Apple TV, saying that the execution is "among the best in the game," they noted that there are several limitations in place. Siri only works with a handful of apps at the moment, including Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, HBO and Showtime. However, The Verge does mention that a Siri search API is on the way.

    On apps, The Verge says that most tvOS apps are currently just very large iPhone apps. There are few apps that take advantage of TV, though they do note that apps like the QVC app show the potential of the new Apple TV and tvOS.
    Mashable notes that setting up the Apple TV is extremely simple and easy if the user has an iPhone with iOS 9.1 installed.
    However, Yahoo Tech says that while Siri and the new setup process make things simpler, users will still have plenty of text entry to do on the new device. Users still have to enter their user information in certain apps that require authentication, like Hulu or HBO Go. Unfortunately, Yahoo Tech's David Pogue says that the new on-screen keyboard is far more difficult and "excruciating" to use than the previous on-screen keyboard.

    Finally, BuzzFeed mentions that the new Apple TV accessory, the Remote Loop, which is intended to keep the new remote from flying out of the hands of new Apple TV users who want to play games, is better used in another way.
    The new fourth-generation Apple TV is available for pre-order now and will be available in Apple Stores this Friday. It's available for $149 for a 32 GB version and $199 for a 64 GB version.

    Other reviews: CNET, USA Today, Re/code, The Wall Street Journal.

    Article Link: Apple TV 4 Reviews: Siri is Helpful and There's Loads of Potential
  2. Crosscreek macrumors 68030


    Nov 19, 2013
  3. mellomike macrumors member


    Nov 9, 2014
    I've been playing with the dev kit for some time now and I'm loving the Apple TV.
  4. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    Dev units still don't have an App Store. Here's hoping that these units are fully functioning and not intentionally crippled by Apple.
  5. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
    I'm surprised that Buzzfeed didn't write the review in bullet points: "10 features of the new Apple TV"
  6. aaronvan Suspended


    Dec 21, 2011
    República Cascadia
  7. mrfrosty macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2005
    Any idea when Friday starts in Apple land ? I fly out of JFK at 9am on Friday but for sure I can be at Apple on 5th at around 00:01 on Friday morning.......
  8. RockSpider macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2014
    "and given the loop’s utility for this sort of thing, it’s puzzling that Apple doesn’t view it as a crucial part of the remote, instead selling it as a silly $13"
    They can't know Apple too well, just another money grab.
  9. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    And each page only has half of a feature so that you have to press Next page 20 times to show even more ads
  10. ghost187 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 18, 2010
    It's an Apple Wii with free/$0.99 games for $149. This doesn't have to be "magical" to succeed or sell. Also, this is not the last Apple TV they will ever release, but it certainly is a substantial update and a step in the right direction.
  11. Bako-MacAddict macrumors 68000


    Jun 7, 2012
    Can't wait to pick mine up this Friday morning
  12. haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    Is the Lightning connection strong enough to hold the loop in place when the force is strong enough to throw the remote towards your TV?
  13. RockSpider macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2014
    At $269 for me, it'll be a long time before I can answer that question, I'll wait this one out.
  14. cdavis11 macrumors 6502

    Aug 31, 2009
    The omission of optical audio out is a deal breaker. I just don't want to upgrade my A/V stack to support this right now.

    Really too bad, I would've been totally on board for day 1.

    That said, if Elgato ever gets around to putting an Eye TV app on it I may be forced to drop some money on a new HDMI capable receiver.
  15. iJayden macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2012
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    haruhiko macrumors 601


    Sep 29, 2009
    In 8 selected countries only, most of them speak the same language :p
  17. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    The delivery of my new Apple TV can't get here fast enough.

    IMHO the "future" Apple will show us will come when they have their own live TV package. Then they will be able put their unique touch on TV
  18. Shookster macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2009
    Never fear, an Apple employee confirmed there will be another update to enable it. No word on whether that will be pushed out on Friday or if we'll have to wait for it.
  19. appledefenceforce macrumors 6502


    Oct 5, 2015
    " instead selling it as a silly $13 accessory."

    Jeez Apple, gouging much?
  20. blackcrayon macrumors 68000

    Mar 10, 2003
    Can't you just get a $25 adapter to tide you over?
  21. sziehr macrumors 6502a

    Jun 11, 2009
    please link us to this adapter we all need.
  22. adamneer macrumors 6502

    Apr 18, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    I guess I'll have to find out for myself whether or not Siri will respond appropriately to the phrase "that's what she said".
  23. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    Ugh. No native Siri support for 3rd party apps like Plex out of the box. Way to announce the deal killer after you have my money.
  24. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    This was talked about fairly often once the SDK got into the hands of developers.

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