[VIDEO] Review Apple TV 4 + drawing
As promised on Friday, we tell you about the Apple TV 4 with all the details. Why inside the extender, the Apple A8, it is convenient to play with the new remote control, why has removed the optical audio output and how to live now, is whether the new product from Cupertino their money and how to win a Apple TV fourth generation AppleInsider.ru and UP-House.ru — all this you will find in our review.
So, Apple TV fourth generation. Once a small pet project of the company, which was intended for very very active fans of the Apple ecosystem, has now become a “fighting unit”. To do this, the company from Cupertino had to reconsider their vision of home consumption of multimedia content.
Apple TV (for simplicity let’s remove these “fourth generation”, “The New” and similar epithets, not bearing in our case, no semantic load) comes in slightly larger than before, the packaging, because of the increased hardware of the device had to think about the device’s power and cooling, and Apple A8 processor, two gigabytes of RAM and a dozen pieces of silicon with long indexes. All this led to the fact that the console was though not significantly, but noticeably thicker.
Also included with the Apple TV now has to be put on one cable more: the new Remote with a touch surface and a microphone to communicate with Siri, no longer needing to change batteries, it can (though don’t know yet how often you need) to charge using the cable with the Lightning plug. If the cable supplied with your beloved iPhone started to fall into disrepair — it’s time to get Apple TV!
Actually, nothing interesting in the box could not work, so just connect the Apple TV to the TV’s initial setup and start using. Only optical audio out from the company refused. The reasons for this action remain unknown for most consumers, so if your receiver is capable of receiving sound only on optics — forward in the online stores in search of splitters capable of providing the necessary new connectors.
Just say that the app store for tvOS in its American incarnation looks more interesting at the moment: programmers from across the ocean have had to adapt a huge number of applications, including streaming video services, so no favorite Netflix, hulu or Spanish-language cooking shows residents of the North-American United States definitely will not.
As they will not remain without Siri. Yes, the voice assistant available on Apple TV only to the owners of American accounts. However, while the set-top box Siri is still in beta stage and not much is able, but information on baseball players and matches, American “football” is able to give properly. She also periodically considers himself the king of the world. On camera to give such recognition Siri did not, but quietly managed to capture this strange and highly controversial thesis.
When you switch to native Russian account the number of apps in the App Store dramatically decreases. Alas, at the time of this writing and shooting review of our dear application developers didn’t bother creating apps for the same, for example, television channels, although “the creation” — the word pretty loud, because there is no need to write the application from scratch, requires only some adaptation. But take what you can get.
There is one good thing Apple TV has become really popular product, and if users do not give these hulu and Netflix, they put up a home NAS, install Plex and will enjoy a full streaming of the content produced on the vast global network. Fortunately, if you believe the reports of foreign journalists and domestic users, all works fine and no problems in operation does not deliver.
Thought about the users and the company from Cupertino. Now Bluetooth to Apple TV can connect to a wireless acoustics: want a comfortable music listening on any, for example, JBL Charge 2? Easy! To connect the wireless headset to sit in front of the TV to watch a rented iTunes movie and not disturb the household? Easily! But thanks to Apple I don’t — so that’s for the keyboard (too, by the way, from Apple) I connect and couldn’t, neither. And that’s if you have a complex passwords for multiple accounts is tedious.
Yes, the touchpad on the new remote control allows you more comfortably to use the search in Youtube and similar services than was previously possible with the old remote, but when I want to use all the features of such a device, I would not want to rest in such artificial constraints.
To meet the restrictions will have in the games. While only the size of the application. The traffic analysis, which generates Apple TV, we do, but it is reasonable to assume that heavy games with the stock graphics, is able to do iron novelties, will actively use the network connection application is in the memory console very little space, up to 200 megabytes, so if you buy now a modification of consoles with storage capacity of 64 gigabytes, that is, “to grow”.
However, to play on the Apple TV — a whole new experience for fans of the console. Yes, currently on arcade racing, quests and the like it has not moved, but here, most likely due to the time of application customization development studios. Really good standard MFi controllers are not so much, but managing them must be significantly different from the control with the new Remote (with the gyroscopes and as a result, skills of the same Wii Remote, for example). The user expects to gain new experience and not to give him that opportunity means to turn Apple TV in a fairly obscure arcade terminal. But the iPhone yeah iPad in stock, I want something new…
Still, the new Siri Remote in games saves. No, the touch pad still did not give the lion’s share of problems, but the gyros are working in the race. Again, there is a sad moment here: if Asphalt 8 remote need to keep the “head” to the left, in other races, less famous right. Change tasks assigned to the control buttons, and immediately play all in a row could not happen: before the start of a game user find quite boring manuals that tells about the right way of holding the remote, its rotation in space, about the pressing and the touch panel and the like.
Most likely you just have a week or two in the evenings after work to relieve the brain sitting on the couch with this console and not the usual smartphone, and then already precisely it will be possible to speak about the suitability of this panel for arcade though, but of active gaming. Well obavestiti or something like gamepad from Mad Catz, we were talking about their gaming accessories. All in a row, the gamepads wouldn’t work and it puts a financial barrier. To buy Apple TV, buy a gamepad, buy earphones to watch with full dive… Wait for the games, again. But nothing, it is not so difficult.
Standard operation of the Apple TV, this generation is not much different from the previous one. We have a media library — movies, music, radio. Have access to our photo library using iCloud. It would be strange to expect more: the company from Cupertino has not submitted new media services that would have completely changed the perception of the set-top box. The main thing — not cleaned nothing. But such things also need to be happy.
AirPlay to Apple TV works. It would be strange otherwise. With the iPhone streaming works fine and raises no objections. With Mac OS standard tools, too failed to cause any artifacts. Most of all it was interesting to look at a popular app Beamer, successfully versed with all kinds of streaming video files of diverse formats. What can I say? Works, including some very strange schemes difficult transfer mkv file through several transit points on the local network.
New remote, by the way, are trained to be friends with “normal” TVs — no need to reach for the remote control on the video pane to adjust the playback volume during AirPlay broadcast if your TV is not trained to control via HDMI. Just once “transmit” commands from the TV remote to Apple TV and forget about the pile of various remote controls, which themselves have to surround. Sounds somewhat unclear, but in practice, Yes with built in instructions to deal in this business will be easy.
Should I change Apple TV last generation of novelty? Fans — Yes, definitely worth it. “For growth”, ahead of the new generation this add-on to the TV long and successful, we believe, is the way in which will reveal all the possibilities of the console and squeezed all the juice its hardware, as has happened previously. Update worth while “to make”? Here, perhaps, all is not so simple. Old classic capabilities Apple TV left in stock, but if a more compact flat box third iteration under the TV and without that pleases the eye and warms the soul — just wait, when the content ceases to go through the eye of a needle hardware. And also go to the store.
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