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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 January 19

Ron Howard’s ‘Imagine Documentaries’ nabs first-look deal with Apple

Director Ron Howard and production partner Brian Grazer have penned a new, first-look deal with Apple to air its Imagine Documentaries films on the company’s upcoming video streaming service, reports Variety.

Fittingly, the primary focus of the documentaries generally center around a musician’s story, with the production company’s most recent release, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years”, winning the 2017 Grammy for Best Music Film.

Apple TV Stories January 17

Sling announces new recommendation features coming to its Apple TV app

Sling TV is rolling out a nice update to its Apple TV application that gives the app a leg-up on other platforms. Sling announced in a blog post today that Sling TV on Apple TV includes new recommendation features to help you easily find things to watch.

Apple has been signing and ordering new TV shows and movies at a swift pace recently, but Netflix doesn’t seem to be worried. The company released its Q4 2018 earnings today and reiterated that its focus isn’t on upcoming competition, but rather improving the experience for existing customers.

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Apple green-lights 10-episode sci-fi series with Simon Kinberg and David Weil

At this point, it seems like Apple is adding more content for its upcoming video streaming service every other day. While the company has yet to announce its official plans, Apple’s deals with various movie studios, celebrities, and TV show concepts have been leaking for quite some time.

Apple TV Stories January 16

‘Parenthood’ producer Jason Katims leaving Universal TV to produce for Apple’s video service

With Apple rumored to launch its video streaming service later this year, the company is continuing to work on bringing in more talent. Now it has hired veteran producer, Jason Katims.

Apple TV Stories January 15

Apple’s first film collaboration with A24 is ‘On the Rocks,’ reuniting Bill Murray & Sofia Coppola

Back in November, it was reported that Apple was working with film studio A24 to produce original movies. Now, Variety reports that the first initiative to come of that partnership is a feature film starring Bill Murray and Rashida Jones.

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