“The most striking thing about the new Apple TV is how incredibly small it is. Owners of the previous model of Apple TV will see an amazing difference in weight, footprint and overall volume. It seems as if someone at Cupertino had set their sights on making the new Apple TV 1/3rd the size and weight of the previous model, as they’ve nearly hit those margins dead on,” Jacqui Cheng reports for Ars Technica. “The footprint of the new model is 289 percent smaller, it is 376 percent less voluminous, and almost exactly 300 percent less heavy.”
“AirPlay is Apple’s way of letting you stream content from an iOS device to another device—for the purposes of this review, the other device is an Apple TV. At the time of this writing, the Apple TV can only receive AirPlay audio streams, though the company plans to offer full video streams from iOS devices in November when iOS 4.2 is officially released for the iPad,” Cheng reports. “However, when it does work fully and iOS 4.2 is out for the iPad, all will be right with the world, and users will, theoretically, be able to live stream all kinds of content to the Apple TV. We synced our own ripped DVDs (in MPEG-4 format), as well as purchased iTunes content, to our iPad using the 4.2 beta, and we were able to stream (the audio for) both to the Apple TV with barely any effort.”
Cheng reports, “In fact, if a developer uses Apple’s built-in audio and video classes in their apps, they get AirPlay support for free. So, basically any app has the potential to stream video over AirPlay to the Apple TV: MLB At Bat could stream live baseball games (goodbye cable?), your favorite radio station’s app could stream a live feed, NPR could wake up and re-do its app so videos and audio could stream to the Apple TV, et cetera. The potential for this is, of course, huge. AirPlay is not nearly as closed as much of Apple’s other ventures often are, and it makes the Apple TV a lot more expandable if you stream to it via a device that can do AirPlay, such as an iPad. Of course, that’s the evil part of Apple’s plan—getting everyone to want to buy iPads. But if you happen to have one (or if you were already leaning towards getting one), the Apple TV is certainly a great partner for this reason.”
There’s much, much more in the full review – comprehensive as always and recommended as usual – here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]