Apple at the “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California has unveiled a new Apple TV that comes with a touchscreen remote. It has got a much deserved hardware spec bump along with software tweaks as well. Lets take a look at the small beast in detail.
The new Apple TV is now powered by an Apple A8 chip with 64-bit architecture. It is now integrated with Siri and has a brand new App Store. It also runs on a new Operating System called tvOS. The set-top box now comes with a touchscreen remote that also has a motion controller built-in.
The new remote control has dual microphones for Siri, a glass touch surface and a Menu and Home button side-by-side below the surface. It is followed by a Hey Siri, Play/Pause and Volume up/down buttons. The remote works on Bluetooth 4.0, has an IR transmitter, comes with an accelerometer and gyroscope that turns it into a gaming controller. It can be charged via a lighting connector and with typical usage Apple is promising around three months of battery life. It weighs 47 grams only.
On the connectivity front, the Apple TV comes with HDMI 1.4, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO, Ethernet port, Bluetooth 4.0, IR receiver, USB-C for service and support and built-in power supply.
The USP of the new Apple TV is the smarter Siri that can suggest new TV shows/movies/videos and more. “It’s all about apps” as quoted by Apple will make the new TV revolutionary. All media consumption apps like Netflix, Hulu, WatchESPN and more is coming to the device. New games like Crossy Road are also coming that can be played both on the iOS devices as well as the Apple TV. You can start off with the game on iOS and carry on from the same instance on the Apple TV. This is the future of gaming and Apple is slowly and steadily taking on the console market.
The new Apple TV has been priced at US $149 (INR Rs 9,900 approximately) for the 32GB variant and $199 (INR Rs 13,200 approximately) for the 64GB model. It will go on sale around October in more than 80 countries.