Apple TV Overview Updated October 14, 2018

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First shown in late 2006 and released in early 2007, the Apple TV has gone through a more substantial transformation than any other Apple product in the past decade. The original model was a stripped-down Macintosh computer with a 40GB hard drive for playing videos, music, and photos on an HDTV. Apple unveiled a completely redesigned plastic model in 2010, dropping the hard drive in favor of 8GB flash storage, and in late 2015 the device was updated again with its own tvOS operating system, a slightly thicker design, and an all-new Siri Remote.

The Apple TV serves a variety of purposes now, thanks to its tvOS operating system, which has its own App Store. The Apple TV 4K and 4th-gen Apple TV come with the Siri Remote. Included is a dedicated Siri button that, when paired with universal search on the Apple TV, allows users to easily look up content from a variety of sources with a single search.

Using AirPlay with your iOS device or Mac, you can stream videos, photos, and music directly from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac to your HDT, as well as mirroring their screens. Under some circumstances, Macs can use a TV equipped with an Apple TV as a second display.

With the release of the Apple TV 4K priced at $179 and $199 for 32GB and 64GB respectively, Apple has dropped the 64GB version of the 4th-gen Apple TV as it continues to offer the 32GB model for $149.

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Apple TV Stories October 14

It’s no secret that the Apple TV hasn’t exactly turned into the gaming platform Apple had hoped it would be. Last month, Minecraft developers announced that they were ending support for the Apple TV, while other developers have also expressed concern for the future of Apple TV gaming.

Now, ArsTechnica has talked with a handful of well-known game developers who express mixed feelings about the Apple TV’s use for gaming.

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Apple TV Stories October 10

While many have questioned how Apple plans to deliver its original content to customers, a new report from CNBC today aims to offer more details on the Apple streaming TV service. According to the report, Apple plans to give its original content away for free to users of its hardware products.

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Apple TV Stories October 9

Netflix continues to act unaffected by Apple’s looming foray into the original content market. Speaking at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit in Los Angeles today, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos explained that no one – not even the people making the shows – has any idea how the Apple original content will be offered…

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Apple TV Stories October 8

Apple is reported to be in talks with British Telecom (BT) to help kick-start its pay-TV plans in the UK. The Telegraph reports that the deal is designed to be a win-win for both companies.

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Apple TV Stories September 24

tvOS 12.0.1 update for Apple TV now available

Apple has today released tvOS 12.0.1 to the public. The company doesn’t mention any new notable changes, so it’s likely that this is a minor bug fix and stability improvements update.

Apple TV Stories September 20

Apple orders miniseries ‘Defending Jacob’ starring Captain America actor Chris Evans

Variety reports today that ‘Captain America’ star Chris Evans has signed on to Apple’s upcoming limited series ‘Defending Jacob.’ Apple has placed a straight-to-series order for the drama, according to the report.

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