Apple launched its first generation Apple TV, a digital media receiver in January 2007. Although various well-known brands have established their names in this genre of home appliance, it as expected that Apple will bring something awe-inspiring in the market.
The device was designed to play IPTV digital content originating from the iTunes Store, Netflix, YouTube, Flickr, MobileMe, MLB.tv, NBA League Pass or any Mac OS X or Windows computer running iTunes onto an enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen television. The initial model launched came with a hard disk capacity of 40 GB.
160 GB hard disk model were released two months later. It supported 720p video quality, came with 256 MB memory and was powered by Intel Pentium M processor.
After three years in in 2010 Apple launched second generation Apple TV which was one quarter in size and one third in price of its previous version. The new device can stream rented content from iTunes and video from computers or iOS devices via AirPlay. The third and fourth generation devices lost hard disk however they came with internal 8 GB flash storage. The second and third generation devices were powered by Apple A4 and A5 processors respectively.
The latest release was in October 2015, when Apple launched fourth generation Apple TV. It was powered by an Apple A8 processor, came with a 2 GB ram and supported 1080p high picture quality. This new model was based on an OS named tvOS. The new Apple TV costs $149 for 32GB model and $199 for 64GB model.
The user community was looking forward to WWDC 2016 to know the latest improvements and upgrades in tvOS. Let’s have a look which improvements did Apple offered.
WWDC 2016 – Improvements in Apple TV 5
New iOS Remote with Enhanced Features
Along with supporting gestures Siri integration will allow voice controls from physical remote. A keyboard, as before, will be available to ease typing for faster searches and login and the touch gestures will moreover let people play games.
The app will also have a new splash screen during playback, displaying large cover art alongside podcast-style play/pause, jog, fast-forward, and rewind controls.
Although, Eddy Cue, the head of Apple’s software and services, didn’t gave a date of release of this app.
Sling TV Arrives on Apple, Others Coming Soon
Eddy Cue threw a spotlight about new tvOS apps. In addition to video streaming services, Fox Sports Go is due to arrive later this year on fourth generation Apple TV.
Apple is also quickly building its own platform of upcoming tvOS apps and features. Since its debut in October tvOS app store have grown to 6000 native application, 1300 of which are video streaming titles.
Simplifies Cable Provider Authentication with Single Sign-on
People have complained about how cumbersome it becomes to log into individual services like Netflix and Showtime. Taking this into consideration, Apple had launch a feature called sign-on which will enable users to sign into all the network apps with a single universal login. This most welcomed ability will not only be provided to the tvOS user but also to iOS users.
Other features one could expect to see in tvOS later this year include:
- ReplayKit A tool that allow live broadcasting of gameplay or saving a video for later.
- PhotoKit will provide access to icloud photo storage.
- HomeKit will give developers the ability to create apps to control devices at home.
- tvOS will also gain a new "dark mode" option.
- And enhancements to Siri are also in the works, allowing users to instantly load live streaming content from within an app
In a nutshell, Apple TV 5 can expect to have a better and more application oriented TV experience till the later part of these year.