“The NEW 4th Generation Apple TV overall is a nice ‘evolutionary’ upgrade,” Terry White writes. “However, at this point it really feels like an ‘unfinished’ product. The things that are missing like bluetooth keyboard support, the Podcasts App and a compatible iOS App were already in place on the previous model. Was this one rushed out the door in time for the holiday shopping season? Maybe.”
“I’m sure we’ll see software updates in the coming months to fill in some of the missing features with Siri and of course the App Store will continue to grow as well as seeing better apps going forward. Ultimately if you’re in the market for your 1st Apple TV, then you can’t go wrong here,” White writes. “Just like with the last two generations you’ll buy a product that will only continue to get better with each software update.”
“However, if you’re already an Apple TV owner and thinking about upgrading I’d have to say that there is definitely no reason to run out and buy one. I got the 64GB model because I’ve been burned each time I had the opportunity to get the larger capacity iPhone and decided to save the money only to wish I had gotten the larger capacity a few months down the line,” White writes. “I certainly don’t see myself needing 64GB of storage today, but who knows what apps will be out in 6 months?”
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MacDailyNews Take: Okay, so maybe ZDNet’s Apple TV review wasn’t that much of an outlier, after all.
The differences between some of the reviewers who get earlier product ahead of launch versus those who review Apple product after launch are not meshing up as well as they have in the past. Getting an Apple product to review ahead of launch is a privilege, but objectivity shouldn’t suffer. Both Apple and those reviewers who receive preferential treatment via need to be careful to guard their reputations going forward.
ZDNet reviews Apple TV: A diamond in the rough – very rough – November 2, 2015
New York Times: All-new Apple TV invigorates the set-top box – October 29, 2015
Paczkowski: Yes, the Apple TV you’ve always wanted is finally here – October 29, 2015
Apple TV’s Siri search soon to include Apple Music – October 29, 2015
Apple TV review: Channels are dead. The future of TV is apps – October 29, 2015
Mossberg reviews the new Apple TV: ‘This is the one I’d buy’ – October 28, 2015