The fourth-generation Apple TV is a significant overhaul of the set-top box that aims to greatly improve the current TV experience. The new Apple TV features a redesigned user interface centered upon apps, gaming and universal search, with an all-new Siri Remote in tow.
– Design: The new Apple TV has a similar appearance compared to the previous model, retaining its black hockey puck design, but it is somewhat thicker and heavier to accommodate the set-top box’s complete internal overhaul. The device’s exact dimensions are 1.3 inches x 3.9 inches x 3.9 inches and it weighs just under 1 pound (425 grams).
– New User Interface: Apple TV has a new iOS 9-style user interface that is flatter and simpler. You can double-click the Home button on the Siri Remote to view apps that you’ve recently used, customize the Home screen, set new cinematic screen savers, search from virtually anywhere and more.
– Siri and Touch Remote: Siri integration is a key part of the new Apple TV interface, as it lets users ask Siri to bring up content. It’s possible to search through multiple apps to find a TV show or movie, and at launch, supported apps include Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime.
Siri can answer questions about who’s starring in a movie, bring up extraneous information like the weather outside, and ask Siri to replay parts of a movie that were missed or fast forward through content. For example, asking Siri “What did she say?” will rewind a movie 15 seconds and temporarily bring up subtitles.
The new Apple TV is bundled with a redesigned remote control that includes a glass touch surface for swiping through content as you would on an iPhone. There’s also a built-in button and dual microphones for activating and speaking to Siri.
The remote control also has Bluetooth 4.0, an IR transmitter, accelerometer and gyroscope, Lightning connector for charging and a rechargeable battery lasting months on a single charge.
– App Store and Gaming: Apple TV has moved from a “hobby” product to a viable Nintendo, Xbox and PlayStation competitor in the living room with the addition of an App Store and native tvOS SDK and Metal for developers to create apps and games for the television.
The new Siri Remote doubles as a game controller for the Apple TV, with the glass touch surface serving as a virtual directional pad, while the fourth-generation set-top box also supports MFi-certified third-party Bluetooth controllers and joysticks.
Pricing and Availability:
The new Apple TV will be available at the end of October for $149 (32GB) and $199 (64GB). Developers can request an Apple TV Developer Kit by September 11 at 12 PM Pacific.