The Apple TV 2015, Apple Inc
The products of Apple Inc. have been always the most awaited ones but in comparison to its sibling’s iPad and iPhone, Apple TV is the most neglected one. Design-wise, it’s all the same since 2010. Now the fourth-generation Apple TV of 2015, has made its independent stand in the market.
Its strengths include a much powerful hardware, a very attractively redesigned remote and an OS that’s worthy of its brand. What’s new and most attractive is the app store, which turns the Apple TV into hell of an entertainment and gaming accessory in the living room.
In spite of all its beautiful features, it’s still far from being the futuristic model. The reason being it supports all current generation features but doesn’t have any futuristic features like support for 4K.
One of the features which works amazingly well is the voice search. Also, there are many apps and games which would kick start your entertainment and gaming even at a very early stage. Looking at its design, the size is all the same, just changes in the height which is like two old Apple TV being stacked on top of each other. It has the HDMI Port, Ethernet, USB-C and the power port. It now solely depends on the HDMI port for both Audio and Video. So, if you are still stuck behind with optical cables, then it’s time to move on or have a workaround with a HDMI/optical splitter.
Taking into account its specifications, its A8 chip powers the whole set-top box which is running with 2GB RAM. You know what that means right, it’s a more powerful device than an iPhone 6 or an iPhone 6 Plus, which has half as much RAM. Similar to its siblings, it has its variants (32GB and 64GB). While a choice for more storage is always advised but here it’s all the same as you will be streaming the content most of the time.
The Siri Remote is an entirely different story. Its Home button, Siri Voice Search Button and the volume controls with it being wireless just takes it ahead of its league.
The Apple TV has its own tvOS, an iOS which brings apps and amazingly designed interface to Apple TV. It also supports seamless integration across all its devices. But it doesn’t support a Bluetooth Keyboard like the old Apple TV.
There are a lot of apps to play around in the living room and with the support of the Siri Voice Search it’s just amazing to know how deep the search can go. The video do load up a bit faster but that doesn’t make much of a difference e as the streaming is quite smooth as it was before.
As a gaming device, it behaves as a solid gaming machine. Never mistake it as a gaming console but it offers some decent casual gaming experiences. While its future depends on how the developers take advantage of the Siri’s motion controls but it still makes a good gaming experience.
So finally after all this, is Apple TV worth it? I would say yes after it redesigned the interface and above all the deep voice search capability in the Siri Remote, it’s definitely worth buying until you are craving for 4K support.