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How would it feel to access the data that you have stored on your smartphone, or your computer, or your tablet, or stored in the cloud, or in your iTunes account and play it back through your TV? Or to access a streaming service like Netflix and be able to watch on the big screen TV in the living room? That’s exactly what an Apple TV box has to offer you. Your music, videos and pictures can all hop over to your television with the click of a button.
Why should you be getting excited about an Apple TV box? Because you’ll be able to get everything you need onto the large screen of your television simply and easily. Want to watch the newest episode of your favourite TV programme? Stream it. Want to view your holiday pictures? Send them through the box.
The Apple TV box makes home networking so simple that a child can do it, and there aren’t too many high tech gadgets that can boast that.
For such an unassuming little box, the Apple TV box is a powerhouse of a gadget. Legendary Apple design mean that the box is curved, elegant and simple, glassy plastic is smooth to the touch, and your box will sit comfortably by your TV looking like it had always been there.
Set the box up though (which takes approximately ten seconds, really) and you’ll be amazed at the power you now hold. Whatever you want to see on your TV screen, the latest films, your pictures, even your music collection, can now be streamed from your other Apple electronics straight through to the TV with the press of a button.
Apple products are always well designed, intuitive and reliable, and this TV box is no different. Fast streaming, HD support and simple use all combine to make this the ultimate home gadget. It’s tough to remember what you ever did without one.
One of the best features of the Apple TV box is just how easy it is to use. To prove that, let’s just walk you through the set up process. Open the box, plug in the power cord, connect the Apple TV box to your TV with an HDMI cord and you’re ready to go. That’s it. Even better, simply hold up your iPhone or iPad to the box and it will automatically detect all of your home network settings and your iTunes account settings, so there’s no data entry at all.
From then on, whenever you’re in range of the box with your phone, tablet, or computer, all you need to do is click the Airplay button on your device and the box will detect the signal and play whatever’s on your device through the TV screen. It’s really that simple.
High tech doesn’t have to mean complicated processes and steep learning curves, and Apple once again prove that they’re the masters of intuitive technology. It’s going to be difficult to find a gadget that’s easier to use than this.
You’ve got a couple of different sharing options with the Apple TV box. The first of these is known as Airplay. This simply takes what’s on your device (i.e. your iPhone, iPad or Mac computer) and streams it through the box onto your TV screen and through the connected TV speakers. This includes your videos, music and your photos. All you need to do is press the Airplay button on your device.
Airplay will also allow you to mirror the screen of your device onto your TV. Why would you want to do this? What about for big screen game play? You can open an app on your phone or a game on your laptop and see it on your large home television screen, making for better and more exciting gaming.
Alternatively, the Apple TV box also has access to the Cloud. The Cloud is Apple’s online storage facility. Download your files to the Cloud (many Apple devices automatically back up to the Cloud anyway) and you’ll be able to access them again through your TV box.
Finally, using My Photo Stream all of your most recently taken pics and videos are automatically sent to your Apple TV box, and using iMovie Theater all of your iMovie projects are also sent automatically. That means instant viewing of all your pictures and videos.
When it comes to sharing information there’s no easier way to do it than through your Apple TV box. It’s simple, fast and high quality too, since Apple TV supports 1080p High Definition video.
As if all that sharing of data weren’t enough, there’s another use for your Apple TV box. You don’t only need to access the data that you already have, you can stream new films and television programming online and then through the box to your TV set.
This might mean getting the latest film through iTunes and then playing it on the big screen. Or maybe you prefer purchasing through Netflix, which isn’t a problem since the Apple TV box supports both.
Other channels? Sure, no problem. Sky News of Sky Sports, for example. Or maybe the latest news through Bloomberg? You can even get the latest in viral videos through Youtube if you’d like.
Streaming through the Apple TV box is fast and smooth, even faster and smoother than using your computer, so you don’t need to worry about lag. With so many viewing options, you might not even have time to leave the house!
|Dimensions||Height: 23 mm (0.9 inches)|
|Width: 98 mm (3.9 inches)|
|Depth: 98 mm (3.9 inches)|
|Weight||0.27 kg (0.6 pounds|
|In the box||Apple TV|
|Processor||Apple single-core A5 chip|
|System Requirements||Wi-Fi (802.11a, b, g or n) wireless network (wireless video streaming requires 802.11a, g or n) or 10/100BASE-T Ethernet network|
|iTunes Store account for renting films and buying TV programmes|
|Netflix account for streaming Netflix content|
|For streaming media from a Mac or PC: iTunes 10.6 or later; iTunes Store account for Home Sharing|
|MLB.TV subscription required to watch live and archived games|
|NHL GameCenter Live subscription required to watch live and archived games|
|Ports and Surfaces||HDMI2|
|Built-in IR receiver|
|Micro-USB (for service and support)|
|Bluetooth support for Apple Wireless Keyboard (requires Apple TV software version 5.2 or later)|
|Power||Built-in 6-watt universal power supply|
|Video||H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High or Main Profile level 4.0 or lower, Baseline profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats|
|MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640x480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats|
|Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280x720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format|
|Audio||HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through|
|Photo Formats||JPEG, GIF, TIFF|
|TV Compatbility||Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI and capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50Hz,2 including popular models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, LG, Mitsubishi, NEC, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio, Westinghouse|
The Apple TV box is the perfect gadget not only for sharing all of your existing data, but also for streaming new data into your home. Easy set up and simple use make Apple TV a dream for those less technically inclined, and being able to see your videos and photos on the big screen is truly amazing- and don’t forget that mirrored screen game play either.
Do we have any reservations about the Apple TV box? Maybe just one. There currently aren’t that many streaming services offered in the UK, other than Netflix, but more services have been announced and should be coming online soon. Other than that small detail, we think the Apple TV box is a must have for any one who owns other Apple products.
by Dan Forster, Mobile Phone Expert
Dan is our mobile phone review expert helping customers make better buying decisions. With a passion for technology and taking things apart Dan single-handedly reviews all the phones listed on the TigerMobiles.com website.