“As improbable as this might have seemed for a ‘hobby,’ fixing the Apple TV was one of the last topics Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs discussed with biographer Walter Isaacson: ‘I finally cracked it,’ Jobs said about an upcoming Apple TV UI. ‘It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine,’ apparently indicating that complex remotes would be a thing of the past,” Jeremy Horwitz writes for 9to5Mac. “But after Jobs passed away, the Apple TV received only a couple of modest tweaks — improvements, but modest nonetheless — as Jobs’ mysterious ‘simplest UI’ apparently remained unused.”
Horwitz writes, “As an Apple TV user and fan, I’ve spent years waiting for this week’s introduction of the fourth-generation Apple TV, as much for improved hardware as the opportunity to see Jobs’ vision in action.”
“I’ve long suspected that pervasive voice control was the missing link — Siri was added to the iPhone 4S just before Jobs died — and from every indication, Apple has done a wonderful job of building voice navigation into the new Apple TV’s tvOS operating system,” Horwitz writes. “But did it get the rest of the UI right, or are we in for more years of main menu redesigns? Let’s take a look at what tvOS 1.0 gets right and wrong.”
Read more, and see all of the screenshots, in the full article – recommended – here.
MacDailyNews Take: Once the third-party developers get their hands on the tvOS SDK, as Horwitz writes, there will be a multitude of ideas flowing, some of which Apple will use to further improve an already very promising UI. The new Apple TV is the real deal. A bonanza awaits!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]