New Apple TV Review Pros and Cons

Review of: Apple TV
Streaming Media Player:
Streamingpete
Price:
$149 US

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On December 21, 2016
Last modified:February 13, 2017

Summary:

Apple TV, despite its little drawbacks, is so far the best streaming media player.

The Features, Pros & Cons Of New Apple TV – Expectation VS Reality

When Apple first launched its new version of Apple TV, it displayed some really interesting features along with a whole new set-top box. Undoubtedly, Apple TV has changed the way people used to watch TV. Whether it is the sleek design, new operating system, the unique remote control or the newly integrated voice-command functions, the fresh features of the Apple TV launched in 2015 is truly exclusive.

With the starting price being £ 129 in the UK and $149 in the USA, Apple TV has thousands of satisfied customers. This fourth generation Apple TV is powered by an A8 processor which is way more efficient than the previous A5 processor. A number of new apps and the tvOS operating system, both have made the Apple TV a must-buy for many consumers. Apple TV is known to be the ideal streaming TV. Here we have made a list of the exclusive features that come with the New Apple TV.

Features of New Apple TV

Apple has introduced a number of new features in their New Apple TV. Just have a look!

1. The New Operating System Called “tvOS”:

You just can’t miss out the new operating system when it comes to the new Apple TV. Apple has added the new iOS based operating system to their set-top box and named it tvOS. Although the new interface isn’t much different from the previous one, there have been few modifications in the system. Apple has not only changed the black background into white, but it has built support for the remote, new improved Siri-powered search facilities and a complete app store.

2. Many exciting apps available:

If you like using Apple apps, then you will certainly love the new Apple TV. The Apple TV app store has all the tvOS based apps and the company is also encouraging the developers to build new apps based on this particular operating system. With the new apps in the store, you can easily subscribe to channels like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO which are coming up with their new tvOS apps. With the new remote, you can simply buy apps that are displayed in the carousel view.

3. The Exclusive Apple Remote:

The motion-sense enabled new remote of Apple TV has really made all the difference. The remote looks like the iPod Nano and stunning exterior are made of glass and aluminum. The upper part is the touchpad with five buttons such as menu, home, Siri voice-command button, Play/Pause and a very handy volume button. At the top, you can find dual mic system for Siri. You can also notice an IR port and a Lightning port that will charge the remote’s battery. To transform the remote into a game controller, use the accelerometer and the gyroscope. By swiping it down, you can simply get information about what you are watching.

4. Let Your Friends Join In Your Game:

Gaming alone is no fun. When friends can join in your gaming, it becomes an amazing experience. Apple remote is a game controller but those who don’t have I can also join the game through their iPhones or iPods. Apple has declared that Apple TV will support third-party gamepads.

5. The Universal Voice Search Powered by Siri:

Many customers have complained about the performance of Siri. She is not as effective as the company made it seem like. However, the universal voice search is absolutely commendable. The voice-controlled search is the smartest change that Apple has brought on their new TV. The search results are arranged by popularity and if you ask Siri to search for TV shows, movies or a song, she will show results from various platforms like Netflix, Showtime, Hulu, and HBO. It is also possible to search by movie names, actors or genre.

Need Improvement:

Apart from the great features of this best media streaming device, there are few negative points too which have disappointed the customers.

1. Search is not enough efficient:

Although the Siri-powered voice search is smartly integrated, it doesn’t produce the result it is expected to. The dictation support needs improvement as Siri sometimes fail to understand voice commands.

2. The App-Centric TV

Apple TV is all about its apps. Moreover, each time the TV starts, it pushes you to buy more apps. This feature has disappointed many users.

3. The Games Need Improvement:

The games are a little boring according to some users. There are limited gaming apps in the store and no particular section dedicated to games. This is another pitfall which Apple should fix in their next model.

3. The Games Need Improvement:

The games are a little boring according to some users. There are limited gaming apps in the store and no particular section dedicated to games. This is another pitfall which Apple should fix in their next model.

A few point to consider about the current Apple TV: There’s no App Store — only the apps that come pre-loaded onto the device. Also, a new model hasn’t been released in two years, meaning it’s noticeably slower to respond than Google or Roku’s options. Finally, the company’s latest announcement of HBO content exclusive to Apple TV for $14.99 won’t be available in Canada.



The NVIDIA SHIELD TV and Roku 3 remotes offer some highly convenient features. NVIDIAS SHIELD remote has voice search functionality. The Roku 3 remote lets you plug headphones into it, which allows for quiet watching if you don’t want to disturb anyone.

 

Apple TV, despite its little drawbacks, is so far the best streaming media player.