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Free Apple TV with Mobile Phone
Introducing the new Apple TV gives you full blown entertainment with stunning 1080p Full HD. Extremely compact the Apple TV can squeeze into the tightest of cabinets or sit on top of your TV.
With Apple TV you can access thousands of HD movies and TV shows from iTunes — play through Apple TV on your HDTV, and music and photos stream from your computer.
With AirPlay you can also stream content from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch on your TV. Start comparing free Apple TV with mobile phone deals below.
The Apple brand may release a actual television one day, but for now they have graced us with their handy streaming box – Apple TV. Affordably priced at just under a hundred dollars, it is a pretty solid player in the streaming video market. With a wealth of available channels such as Hulu Plus, ESPN, HBO Go, Netflix, Youtube and Sky News among others, this little box is certainly here to stay. Like all Apple devices it is hooked into the iTunes store which allows you to stream any purchased movies or music from your account directly to your viewing device.
The AirPlay feature even allows you to send content from third party applications as well as from other Apple products. The most impressive of all is the ability to use screen mirroring with the updated MAC’s that are running on the Mountain Lion iOS.
Though Apple TV has been around for a while, recent news suggest that a revamp of the Apple TV can be expected in the middle of 2014. Many rumors lean towards the presumption that a camera will be added to this revamp since Apple purchased PrimeSense in 2013. If you are not sure who they are, think back to the makers of the revolutionary motion sensing tech Kinect used in some of Microsoft’s earlier tech.
It is fair to say that for the uninitiated, the term ‘Apple TV Box’ might seem a little confusing. One of the most frequently asked questions in forums is about Apple TV Box. Before we proceed further, let us set things straight: Apple TV is not a real TV – even if the name does suggest that; it is, in fact, a media streamer from Apple. So, when you plug in this media streamer into your TV (or HDTV), you’ll be able to watch movies, shows, videos, photos and all other media that you have stored in your computer or other devices – either on your home network or from the internet. The main aspect of Apple TV that sets it apart from the rest is that Apple TV box enables you to sync with other Apple products.
Gaming support seems to be one of the biggest and most awaited new feature additions to the Apple TV. This might mean that your living room TV might also serve as your quintessential gaming console. If rumors are to be believed, Apple TV box might also come with Bluetooth control options to help you with your game. Apple TV box is also expected to come with the option to let you download all your favorite games directly to your TV without having to bother relying on an iOS device. It seems Apple is also considering forming a separate store of sorts, maybe even calling it the Game Store, where you will be able to directly download all the games to your TV.
Of all video streaming boxes on the market, Apple TV takes the cake in terms of design. It is a simple box coated in a unobtrusive black with a tiny white light that comes on when it’s in use. The connections are located in the back of the device and include a optical audio output, HDMI port, Micro USB port and a Ethernet port. WiFi of course is built in as with all of Apple’s products and it even supports dual band WiFi. Only HDMI is supported so users with older television sets wont benefit from this device. On a good note, it has an internal power supply so you have one less set of bulky wires snaked around your entertainment center.
The remote for the Apple TV is pretty simple and it’s use intuitive. For users that have other Apple products, you can also control the TV box from those devices with a handy built in interface.
Built In Tuner
Similar to the workings of Google TV, Apple TV might sports an in-built tuner. This actually makes more sense, as this way you can get a complete Apple experience. Now, who doesn’t want that? With an built-in tuner, you have the Apple TV navigation menu and guide – without needing to coordinate with your current cable set up.
The interface of the Apple TV was updated in 2012 and still looks the same today, however it may change to feature a “store” during the mid 2014 revamp. When you turn on your Apple TV box, you will see a utterly familiar screen layout that looks just like other Apple devices. Apple services are shown at the top, followed by any third party streaming services you have downloaded. Thankfully, it features the cover art option of other devices so you can “see” you available movies, shows, and apps without having to just read through a list. There is an easy to navigate carousel along the bottom, and you can also customize the order of your screen according to which are your favorites.
Overall, this is a pretty solid device for those who are already great Apple fans, or even those who just want an affordable easy to use streaming device for their entertainment center.
Hands on with the Apple Box
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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)
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Apple TV Apple Remote Power lead Documentation
Apple single-core A5 chip
HDMI2 Optical audio 10/100BASE-T Ethernet Built-in IR receiver Micro-USB (for service and support)