What now for ATV3 ?

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  1. Jambalaya macrumors 6502a

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    I have two of these and love them, even take them on holiday and friends places when visiting. I am able to do a lot with them by using iPhone or iPad to mirror content not directly supported inc games. Having seen the ATV4 launch presentation might Apple add App Store to the 3 ? Is there a technical reason they could not get the remote to work too (I am guessing the Siri Mike pickup is in the remote rather than the box) ?

    I won't be buying at ATV4 yet, need to see what apps are available and the ATV3 feels timeless and I can't see why it would "wear out" so I'll be keeping them a while longer I think

    Apologies if this has been discussed elsewhere, I've read a few threads but didn't find it
     
  2. nifta macrumors member

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    Atv3 doesn't have any real storage so, even if they added the App Store, there'd be nowhere to install apps to.

    The Siri mic is in the remote.
     
  3. Jambalaya thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. So when Apple add new apps/icons to the ATV3 they are effectively embedded in the OS ? As I understand it the ATv3 has storage as I download movies and photos to it as not everything is streamed, I could be wrong though.

    I'm hoping to get some new apps for ATV3, BBC iPlayer and CurzonHomeCinema would,be great and would save me having to stream / mirror from the phone/pad
     
  4. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    Those that Jailbreak the ATV2 install apps on it. While the ATV3 cannot be jailbroken I would doubt it has any less capability than the ATV2.
     
  5. nifta macrumors member

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    There's 8gb storage in the atv2/3. Lots is for the OS, and the rest is for cacehing of movies etc. I guess Apple could, in theory, partition some small part for apps.

    The current 'channels' aren't real 'apps' given they use the system UI for display. They're probably pretty tiny installs. There's no technical reason that Apple couldn't have opened this up to other developers, but it wouldn't really let games and stuff come to them.
     
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    AFAIK it does have 8GB of NAND storage, but that's used for internal buffering (and avg HD movie of iTunes store is 4..5GB in size already!).
     
  7. tomekosiowy macrumors regular

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    Keep noticed that iOS 9 requires less space for self-updates than iOS 8.x (1.3 GB instead of 4.5 GB), so 3 GB may stay reserved now for Apple TV content. 3 GB is enough for about 2÷3 "bigger" games.
     
  8. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

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    The processor on the 3 is slow. It has the relative performance of an iPhone 4. I don't even want to know how slowly a current version of iOS would run on it.
     
  9. Snoopy4 macrumors 6502a

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    They waited too long between hardware upgrades. Mine are gone by Christmas.
     
  10. Jambalaya thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Interesting, thanks. I'll keep using mine for a while yet as they can do a decent amount especially when paired with a phone/tablet. Any move to a 4 will be driven by what apps we see, the price point is low enough to buy just as an experiment.
     
  11. satchmo macrumors 68000

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    So if you get a new AppleTV4, what will most be doing with your ATV3?
    I can't think of any way you can utilize two ATV's?
     
  12. mic j macrumors 68030

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    Putting it in the electronic recycling bin.

    As for 2 aTV's: move it to another room with a less watched tv (like a bedroom tv).
     
  13. oneMadRssn macrumors 68040

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    I'll keep mine for future tinkering projects. Their second-hand value is so low now, not worth reselling. But I feel bad just wasting such good and functional electronics by trashing / recycling it.

    I remember seeing a while back: Some guy bought two of those car headrests with a built-in LCD screen in the back, so the kids can watch cartoons on long drives. He then stuffed an ATV somewhere behind the screen and connected it, and ran power to it all. Essentially, he got a somewhat self-contained system that allows an iPhone or iPod Touch to airplay to the headset screens, where each of his kids can watch separate things. This was possible in part because the ATV is so small, and if you bypass it's built-in power supply, it works off of 5V DC which is easy to wire into a car.
     
  14. GreatDrok macrumors 6502a

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    I currently have an ATV1, 2 and 3 all in active service on three different TVs. Just because they're old doesn't mean they suddenly stop working. I will likely buy the ATV4 and finally retire the ATV1 although I do still prefer the interface on the original, especially how it groups series of TV shows together.
     
  15. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    I'm basically going to start giving the two I have to either my parents and/or my sister. If I set it up right, I think my sister can let her kids watch some videos I've bought BUT NOT SOME OTHER ONES. Like I bought a couple seasons of the old TMNT cartoons, and I'd like for them to be able to watch that on a TV. Same thing with giving my parents access to HBO and some other stuff I've bought in multiple rooms, although I think my dad wants one of the new ones.

    Wondering if I can still get some money out of the ATV2 I still have that I meant to sell but forgot about for, oh, a couple of years.
     
  16. Jambalaya thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Put it in another room, take it on holiday ? I have 2 ATV3's and if I got an ATV4 I'd probably keep at least one of the 3's of not both
     
  17. Phil A. Moderator

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    I'll get a new ATV to replace the current ATV3 in the lounge and that will replace the ATV2 that's in the snug; the ATV2 will be moved to the conservatory :)
     
  18. Jambalaya thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You have a "snug" in Telford, how very transatlantic of you ;)
     
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    It's really just a room with a TV and sofa in it - I was trying to think of a description that our American friends would understand ;)
     

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