A view into the new Apple TV

“The new Apple TV debuted at an Apple media event in San Francisco on September 9, 2015, is expected to go on sale by the end of October this year.,” Shirley Pelts writes for Market Realist. “The Walt Disney Company’s popular console game Infinity is also set to make a debut on Apple TV. Disney will release a special Star Wars version of its Infinity game for Apple TV that will contain an exclusive game controller for playing the game. However, the game will also be compatible with the new Apple TV remote. The Disney Infinity game will use Bluetooth technology to read the Star Wars toy figurines. Apple TV also offers a multiple player gaming experience for up to four people, and another Apple device like iPhone or iPod touch can act as a gaming controller. It also allows a user to pick up and continue a game played on iPhone on the new Apple TV.”

Nimbus SteelSeries Controller for Apple TV
Nimbus SteelSeries Controller for Apple TV
“The new remote is far sleeker as compared to its predecessors. Apple has done away with a host of buttons in a traditional remote control, revamping it with fewer buttons and a touchpad that lets the user swipe through apps and click on menus. The new remote is also equipped with a microphone button to activate Apple’s voice-based assistant, Siri,” Pelts writes. “The remote uses a Bluetooth technology to connect with the Apple TV instead of the traditional infrared one. This means that there is no need for a user to point the remote at the Apple TV for the TV to respond to user commands. The new remote can also be used for playing games by tilting it sideways or holding it horizontally.”

Much more in the full article here.

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  1. Anyone know if the new AppleTV will still be compatible with Logitech & other universal remote devices? I’m not going back to more than one remote control. Never. Not for all the “What did she say?” voice control in the world.

    1. I kind of doubt it. I can see a 3rd party coming out with an IR to AppleTV bluetooth adapter, though. That is, of course, if the new UI even works with buttons only (sans swiping).

  2. And then there is this…..

    “Resource Limitations

    There is no persistent local storage for apps on Apple TV. This means that every app developed for the new Apple TV must be able to store data in iCloud and retrieve it in a way that provides a great customer experience.

    Along with the lack of local storage, the maximum size of an Apple TV app is limited to 200MB. Anything beyond this size needs to be packaged and loaded using on-demand resources. Knowing how and when to load new assets while keeping your users engaged is critical to creating a successful app. For information on on-demand resources, see On-Demand Resources Guide.

    Your app can download the data it needs into its cache directory. Data downloaded will not be deleted while the app is running. However, the data may be deleted while your app is not running and the Apple TV needs the space. Do not use the entire cache space as this can cause unpredictable results.”

    Yes, I’m dumb enough to need some of you coders to explain why this is the case when there is up to 64 GBs of storage.

    One thing is for certain, you won’t be using this for off-line gaming….(yet)

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