Gadget of the Week – New Apple TV

Published on November 25, 2015

Apple recently updated its Apple TV® and we’ve had some time to play with it - believe us, it's worth checking out.

Physically, the model itself isn't much different than the previous generation. It's just a bit taller. The remote and interface, however, are entirely upgraded. The new remote includes a touchpad, which feels similar to a MacBook® trackpad, for navigating through menus and volume controls for your TV.

Siri® is another friendly addition to the new model and allows you to search for any movie, TV show, and artist across HBO Go, Netflix, Hulu, and a few other streaming services - just by using your voice. Just speak into the microphone of the Apple TV remote and ask Siri for it. And if the content you want is on multiple services, Apple TV will display all of the options. It makes finding what you want to watch incredibly easy.

The New Apple TV interface is run by tvOS, which allows you run apps created by third party developers. This will change what you expect from your big screen. You will now have access to to games, shopping, weather and countless other types of apps. Your TV in the living room is about to feel as personal as your iPhone® or iPad®.

Overall, the New Apple TV is attractive and refined, a welcome and meaningful upgrade; and if you have been holding off on buying one, now is the time.

The New Apple TV retails for $150 for the 32GB model and $200 for the 64GB model.

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