Apple TV 4th generation was the first major update to the platform since the release of the second generation Apple TV in September 2010. Based on apps for the television, this model looks externally quite similar to the previous models, It runs however a tvOS that is based on the iOS but has its own third-party app library for a wide variety of native apps and games rather than just a small number of pre-installed channels like earlier Apple TV devices. The Apple TV 4th generation also includes Siri Remote with Siri voice command support. A glass surface assures precise navigation. An accelerometer and gyroscope have been designed for advanced game controller options.While following the form factor of the previous models, this model is slightly taller in size. It features a touch remote which allows swipe-to-select functionality instead of the remote’s arrow button. It’s also equipped with integrated Siri support on the remote with a built in microphone and an accelerometer (IMU). The Siri button allows to search across providers for content, access additional metadata, and video/audio controls. The Apple CEO Tim Cook said at its first presentation: The future of TV is apps. He added that the Apple TV needed a modern OS.
Apple TV 4th Generation
Introduction: Announced on September 9, 2015. Released in October 2015.
- Processor: Dual core Apple A8 processor. Processor Speed – 1.4 GHz.
- Processor Type: Apple A8.
- Onboard RAM: 2 GB.
- Storage: Available with either 32 GB or 64 GB of internal flash memory storage.
- OS: tvOS (13T396a) with an associated app store, allowing download of third-party apps for video, audio, games, and other content. tvOS is 95% based on iOS 9 with the interface and APIs being tweaked to support the big screen.
- Video: Supports 1080 pixels video, but not 4K video.
- Connectivity: HDMI, 10/100 Base-T Ethernet. 802.11ac wireless networking.Bluetooth 4.0.
- Input/output: USB-C port for service and support (and hacking),
- Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.9 x 1.4
- Average Weight: 0.94 lbs.
Apple Models, Discontinuation, Price
Apple Model Numbers: MGY52LL/A. AppleTV5,3 A1625 – 2907.
Original Price: US$149 (32 GB), US$199 (64 GB).
- Apple TV is a digital media player, network appliance. This device can receive digital data from a number of sources and play it on the TV screen. Apple TV connects to a television via a HDMI cable to the TV’s HDMI port. The TV is put into HDMI mode. The device is controlled externally, either by an Apple Remote control device or by the iTunes Remote app on iOS devices, such as the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Apple Watch. Apple TV also plays digital content from various cable and broadcast networks.
- The new tvOS allowed initially to stream content from a limited range of providers, with others able to release apps using new APIs allowinpedg them to do so. All these apps and games must include interfacing with the new touchpad-enabled Siri remote.
- Once set up, the Apple TV appears in iTunes with a series of tabs allowing the user to choose which videos the user wants to copy across to the device. The user can also browse his entire iTunes Library direct from Apple TV and stream the files in real time. This is fine for music, but depending on the speed of the network, not ideal for video.
- Upon launch of Apple TV 4th generation, there were several issues which included incompatibility with Apple’s Remote app for iOS and WatchOS. These issues were fixed by Apple in December 2015.
- With the 4th generation Apple TV, Apple announced that App Store will allow any developer to make apps using the APIs available in tvOS specifically tailored towards the TV. Also, since tvOS is based on iOS, any developer can port over apps from iOS and with a few modifications can make them available for all Apple TV 4th generation users with the App Store. The App Store will is an exclusive feature to the Apple TV 4th generation.
- With the 4th generation, apps may use alternative built-in software in order to play the third-party’s codecs and formats, e.g. Plex/ VLC Media Player.
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