“There’s something mysterious about the new Apple TV—a black hockey puck-size box that connects to your hi-def set. It’s from Apple, so it must be cool, right? What does it do, though? The answer: Some entertaining stuff right now, and maybe a lot more down the line,” Rich Jaroslovsky reports for Businessweek.
“Setup is easy: Connect it to your set via an HDMI cable and plug in the power. Then just follow the on-screen instructions to introduce it to your Wi-Fi network and iTunes Music Store account,” Jaroslovsky reports. “Instead of using Apple TV’s included remote control to key in your password letter by letter on the big screen, download Apple’s free Remote app for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, and enter your text from there.”
“This being Apple, more slick functions are on the way. After a software update promised for next month, you’ll be able to stream video to the Apple TV from an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch,” Jaroslovsky reports. “You can begin a movie on a mobile device, walk into your home, and—voilà—have it appear on the big screen in your den.”
Jaroslovsky reports, “Apple TV may turn out to be a Trojan Horse—a deceptively simple gadget that, once in the home, expands its functionality until it takes control of everything. Or it may prove to be the first step toward an Apple-branded television set. Either way, it’s no longer just a hobby.”
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