As you may have already heard, Apple recently released a new version of it’s Apple TV device, which retails for $99 is now 80 percent smaller than the previous version.
The new Apple TV also includes a built in power supply, which may be useful if you’re trying to fit it into tight spaces. Another new feature is that the device does not have a fan, as it stays cool without it, which reduces the amount of noise that it makes. Also, according to Apple, when the new version of the Apple TV is not in use, it uses less power than a night-light.
In addition to the above features, the Apple TV can wirelessly stream content, right to the device, with HD movie rentals and TV shows being streamed right to the Apple TV from the Internet and photos and music being streamed from your computer. This means that you don’t have to go through your iTunes library and sync the content that you would like to watch or listen to.
Like other Apple devices, such as the iPhone 4, iPad, and iPod Touch, the new Apple TV features an Apple A4 processor, which enables content to be streamed to the device without any freezing or stuttering.
The Apple TV also has controls similar to those of a DVD player, with users being able to pause, rewind, and fast-forward through whatever they happen to be watching.
In order to set up the Apple TV, all a user needs to do is plug the device in and connect it to a TV using an HDMI cable, which can be purchased separately. The Apple TV also features an optical audio port, as well as an Ethernet port, even though the device can connect to the Internet wirelessly.
In addition to watching and renting content, such as movies and TV shows from iTunes, users can also stream and view content from services, such as Netflix, YouTube, MobileMe, and Flickr.
Another feature of the new Apple TV is that it can now be controlled using an iPhone or iPod Touch, provided that the user has downloaded the Remote application from the iTunes App Store. With this feature, users can browse through content, use the iPhone’s or iPod Touch’s keyboard to search for things, as well as play, pause, rewind, and fast-forward content, similar to using a regular remote control.
There is also a new feature, which is coming soon, called “AirPlay”, which enables users to stream content, such as music, TV shows, and movies from their iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad right to their Apple TV, without having to purchase it again.