Fox News hands-on with new $99 Apple TV

Apple Online Store“I’ve been testing the new Apple TV, and I think Apple may have a quiet hit on its hands. By quiet I mean there won’t be long lines of rabid, un-showered fans camped outside Apple stores to buy the new gizmo, but Apple may slowly win people over with the new version,” Clayton Morris reports for FOXNews.com.

“The new Apple TV is small — hockey-puck small. That’s impressive, but we all know size doesn’t matter, whereas speed does,” Morris reports. “I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it connected to the iTunes library on my desktop computer. The Apple TV does this noticeably faster than its ancestor using a ‘home sharing’ option, which connects with any iTunes account in your household — Mac or PC.”

“AirPlay is the new feature I’m most excited about. It lets you share your movies, music and photos across all of your Apple devices. This feature won’t be entirely ready when Apple TV launches, but on Tuesday Apple will release a new version of the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad remote app that’ll let users AirPlay music back and forth,” Morris reports. “So here’s how it works. Let’s say I’m out watching an episode of Star Trek on my iPad. When I walk in my front door I can continue watching that same episode on my ginormous HDTV with the flick of a finger, and vice versa. How handy is that?”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Terry P.” for the heads up.]

72 Comments

  1. Not really a flick of a finger — it’s find the TV remote, turn the TV on, change the input setting to the AppleTV section, turn on AppleTV, pick iPad back up and only then flick your finger. Man I hate that process.

    Apple needs to make a smart TV that will actually turn on when an iDevice tells it to. Either that or use smart HDMI on the Apple TV.

  2. Not really a flick of a finger — it’s find the TV remote, turn the TV on, change the input setting to the AppleTV section, turn on AppleTV, pick iPad back up and only then flick your finger. Man I hate that process.

    Apple needs to make a smart TV that will actually turn on when an iDevice tells it to. Either that or use smart HDMI on the Apple TV.

  3. When Apple TV can play anything (e.g., WMA, AVI, etc. – the way Boxee can) and not just video fed through iTunes it will be MUCH more successful (and please don’t flame me about “all you have to do is convert the files…” – that’s just too much of an unnecessary pain)…

  4. When Apple TV can play anything (e.g., WMA, AVI, etc. – the way Boxee can) and not just video fed through iTunes it will be MUCH more successful (and please don’t flame me about “all you have to do is convert the files…” – that’s just too much of an unnecessary pain)…

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