Apple TV: The ins and Outs

The History of Apple TV – Generation 1

Apple TV came on the scene in 2006 new and innovative for it’s time. The first version was unveiled as “iTV” required the use of your computer using iTunes to stream or sync to it. The 2008 upgrade allowed users the ability to upload photos and podcasts.

Generation 2

Released in 2010 and much smaller in size to it predecessor. No longer requiring an internal hard drive rather instead using a 8GB flash storage was a substantial increase for buffering purposes. No longer would content be stored or sync but streamed. It also supported 720p over HDMI.

Generation 3

Announced in 2012 and identical externally to Generation 2 it included a single-core A5 processor supporting 1080p output. To add Apple made some nice interface upgrades to make this version of Apple TV one of the easiest and intuitive streaming devices.

Generation 4

Released in September 2015 this model is a tad bit bigger then its previous versions. Featuring a new touch remote allowing swipe-to-select features and Siri support. The 4th gen apple TV comes with the unit, Siri remote, USB cable, and a power cord. Moreover, the interface on Apple TV is very intuitive to make its use almost self-explanatory for most users.

The apps have become the preferred method of watching video, listening to audio and playing video games. So most of the apps supported on your iPhone and iPad now have the same functionality on your TV pretty cool huh. Examples include TED Talks, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Apple Music, Pandora, and many more.

In Conclusion…

Should it surprise us now that Apple would remove itself from this cord cutting revolution. Apple TV is a one stop shop of having your iPhone on the TV screen and who could be that.