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First shown in late 2006 and released in early 2007, the Apple TV device 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 40 GB 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 8 GB 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 streaming box serves a variety of purposes now, thanks to its tvOS operating system, which has its own App Store. The 4K model and 4th-gen device come with the Siri Remote. Included is a dedicated Siri button that, when paired with universal search on the devices, 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 HDTV, as well as mirroring their screens. Under some circumstances, Macs can use a TV equipped with the box as a second display.

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

New Apple services for TV

At its March 2019 services event, Apple announced multiple things that will appeal to owners of the streaming box. The first is Apple Arcade. The service will allow iOS, Mac, and tvOS users to pay a flat monthly fee and access a bundle of otherwise paid apps through the App Store.

Apple is said to be working with a handful of publishers and developers for the service. With a single subscription, Apple Arcade will give you access to over 100 new and exclusive games. Arcade will be a new area on the App Store, with a new tab along the bottom. The service syncs between all of your devices, and offline playing. There are no ads or in-app purchases with the service. The service will allow access to all members in a Family Sharing account.

The second announcement was Apple TV+. Apple has finally lifted the curtain on its original content television show plans and showed the first snippets today of its own-produced TV shows. The company previewed what it has in a store in a fast-cut montage trailer.

Apple TV+ release date

Apple TV+ launched on November 1, 2019. It features Apple original TV shows and movies. Here’s what’s on Apple TV+.

Apple TV + pricing

At its September iPhone event today, Apple officially announced launch details for its premium TV service. It will launch at just $4.99 per month for a family subscription. Starting on September 10, 2019, customers who purchase any iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, or Mac can enjoy one year of the service for free.

The original shows will be available in the revamped TV app on iPhone, iPad, and its TV set-top box. Apple launched a TV app on the Mac with macOS Catalina. The new TV app/service will also be available for Roku, Fire TV, and various smart TVs as well.

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Apple TV Stories January 22

Survey claims 62% of Apple TV+ subscribers are on a free trial as Apple builds its content catalog

Results from a new survey claim to offer up a look at how many of Apple TV+ subscribers are still on a free trial, what the future could look like for subs as trials end, and more as Apple TV+ continues to expand its content.

Live TV app “Channels” is out with an update today for Apple TV and iOS that brings the highly requested Picture in Picture support. After a good amount of work, the Channels team was able to figure out how to offer PiP without the need for transcoding or a DVR server.

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Apple TV+ picks up new ‘Lessons in Chemistry’ drama with Brie Larson

A new drama series is set to debut on Apple TV+ called Lessons in Chemistry. According to Variety, Brie Larson will executive produce as well as star in the new series.

Apple TV+ Guide: Here are all the Apple TV shows and movies available now

Apple TV+ offers exclusive Apple original TV shows and movies in 4K HDR quality. You can watch across all of your screens and pick up where you left off on any device. Apple TV+ costs $4.99 per month. Here’s every Apple original television show and movie available now on Apple TV+, as well as the latest trailers …

Apple TV Stories January 21

Servant was one of the first shows to be available on Apple TV+, and the first episode of season two officially premiered last week. According to a Deadline report, Servant’s second season premiere on Apple’s streaming service registered more than twice the audience when compared to the premiere of the first season.

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It’s no secret that the Apple TV Siri Remote is controversial. It’s a powerful remote that many believe is poorly designed. It’s not easy to use in the dark, and it has very few distinct buttons. Lots of folks turn to their iPhone or Apple Watch to use as an alternate remote. That’s in part because the user interface can change. So this had us wondering what a better stand-alone Apple TV remote could look like. Turns out, the solution was in front of us all along.

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