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The Apple TV features a micro-USB for service only, HDMI output, optical audio output, 10/100 Ethernet. It also allows you to sign in to your Wi-Fi account and use the remote (or better yet, the free Remote app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) to navigate around. Last but not least, you can purchase TV shows, plus rent or purchase movies and stream in photos from your iCloud Photo Stream and Flickr.
Full 1080p HD.
Incredibly easy setup.
User-friendly icon-based interface.
New features, same $99 price.
Supports 1080p output.
Clean, attractive, easy-to-use interface.
Excellent iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch integration.
Dead-simple user interface and setup.
Attractive, unobtrusive design.
AirPlay makes screen mirroring a snap.
Canít add more content channels or customize interface.
Canít connect it to a TV without HDMI.
Content is limited to iTunes and select partners.
Could use a QWERTY keyboard.
ITunes Match account required to access cloudbased music.
Similarly priced boxes (like the Roku 2 XS) offer more streaming services.
Canít remove or rearrange icons in main menu.
8GB storage is for caching only, and you canít sideload content through the microUSB port.
Remote is too simple.
Streaming media services are limited.
No Hulu Plus.
By Macworld UK on March 06, 2013
Despite all the rumours about Apple launching an actual television of its own, the current AppleTV remains a rather unambitious little set-top box with only limited access to the many TV and streaming video services that are now available on the...
By Computeractive on June 25, 2012
Despite its name, the AppleTV isn't actually a TV set, but a small set-top box. Once connected to your TV using a HDMI cable and to your broadband router either wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable, it lets you rent a wide variety of TV shows and...
By Good Gear Guide on May 09, 2012
If you're invested in the Apple ecosystem, the Apple TV is a good product: it's the easiest way to get movies and TV shows from iTunes onto the big screen. Music is a more complex proposition, requiring iTunes Match or a networked iTunes...
By Missing Remote on April 16, 2012
Having spent the time to get a real feel for the Apple TV it has become clear that while the device is hampered by weak WiFi capabilities, the lack of HDMI CEC, and a frustrating reliance on an antiquated method for creating/managing credentials the...
By RegHardware on April 16, 2012
I like the Apple TV: the UI is easy to navigate and, if retrograde, nonetheless paves the way for apps; the remote is excellent; it's responsive, and playback is good; and the box itself is compact and doesn't need a power brick. It is one...
By Mac|Life on April 12, 2012
If you’ve been waiting for 1080p, now’s the time to get an Apple TV, especially if you’re heavily invested in iTunes content and/or you want to beam your media from your Mac to your TV. But if your big-screen TV tops out at 720p, and...
By Big Picture Big Sound on April 06, 2012
If you're not an "Apple person" and are just looking for something to stream Netflix or YouTube, you may want to look into a Roku box. Roku can do that and much more, and with less expensive hardware. But if you're ensconced in Apple goodies and...
By G4tv.com on April 03, 2012
Video Review: Apple TV with 1080p HD brings you direct access to your favorite movies, television shows, music and other media straight to your TV for only $99. Matt Mira and Kevin Pereira take a look at the new features, like AirPlay, the easy set-up...
By Channel Pro on April 03, 2012
Full HD video and greater AirPlay support make the revamped Apple TV an attractive propositionRating: 4Average: 4 (1 vote) The Apple TV is the black sheep of the Apple family, this latest update being casually dropped into the keynote speech for the...
By Wired UK on April 02, 2012
The Apple TV is a hard product to score because it is exceptionally needy. On its own it is a modest upgrade on an average product with limited functionality that Apple sceptics should avoid. But place the Apple TV amongst iTunes users, iOS devices...
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