Apple Discontinues the Older, Cheaper Apple TV
Integrating and matching on in the TV space requires a continuous invention and innovation due to the highly evolving technology. Apple being among the competitors in this field has not been left out. Since the inception and first production of Apple TV, the company has systematically improved its systems to match the current technology. With its third-generation production in 2012, it ended the speculations and debates on whether the firm was able to put up with the developments.
The 2012 version, which was an upgrade from 2010, second-generation version, saw many improvements. However, it was relatively expensive compared to the original version. This was then replaced by the fourth generation, which outdid the features of the previous production. This led to the stop in continuous production and discontinuation of the cheaper, older third generation systems.
Obviously, the new product is much more powerful compared to the predecessor. Directly, it costs more. The third generation came in at a purchasing price of 69 dollars. This has been out washed by the recent production going for 149 dollars for 32 GB model and a whopping 199 dollars for the 64 GB model. The discontinuation, therefore, has seen a stop in the cheapest way of accessing iTunes content, streaming and airplay from the comfort of your screen.
Also referred to as the future of TV, this new generation Apple TV has a lot in store. The highlights below are some of the key features that led to the discontinuation of the third generation Apple TV.
Hardware and Design
The 2012 model was typically unchanged much from the 2010 model. This new device comes with many transformations. Powered by a 64-bit A8 processor, this device supports high-grade Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, among other features. On the design, it is approximately 10 millimeters taller than the third generation. Just like the old model, it has almost similar power, HDMI and Ethernet setup making it easy to use.
The device comes with a new, different based operating system. Though not much different from the previous model, the new operation system, also known as the tvOS, the interface has various modifications making this a type of its own. TvOS has a cleaned up background replacing the original black with white. This improves the resolution of the device.
To begin, this device is all about new apps. Its’ fully loaded Apple TV store enables the user to access the many available applications. Exclusive tvOS based applications and games make for an interesting user experience.
The new Apple TV comes with a new motion sensing remote. Just the normal Apple remotes, it has buttons for menu, volume adjusting, home, Siri and an additional touchpad. Siri is enabled for by two dual mics located at the top while the touchpad, more of MacBook’s, is concealed in a glass. The special feature with the remote is Bluetooth enabled. With this, therefore, you necessarily do not need to point at the box when using it.
With the touchpad, you can navigate the interface with ease. Just by sliding your finger over it, you can get actions done on your commands. What is interesting is the maneuverability of the remote. You can have a gaming controller by turning the remote sideways. It has an inbuilt accelerometer and sensors that enable it to perform the underscore tasks of gaming.
Among the key features of this device is Siri. This is simply a smart search, voice-controlled box. Through voice commands, you can find whatever you are looking for. However, the results are sorted by popularity. Be it games, movies, series or apps, giving verbal instructions are understood by Siri. Also known as, conversational search, having a conversation with Siri gets you results. This makes the search process simpler and easier as you can describe your search by the actors and genres.
Siri is also a digital assistant. Weather reports, simple questions, and other expressions can be provided for by this interface.
A Third Party Remote
Unlike other TVs where losing the original remote is a headache, worry less of you misplace the new Apple TV. This device allows for the programming of any other remote device. From the basic settings, you can adjust the setups for the TV to use any other third party remote.
As if playing games using the remote as the controller is not enough, the new Apple TV provides for iPhone and iPod touches game controls. Hanging out with your friends around this TV offers a thrilling experience. Up to four of different iPhone, users can join the gaming experience comfortably. It can also support third-party gamepads.
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Getting used to Apple TVs may present a challenge switching to other forms of TV companies. Keep up with the developments on these devices to ensure you get the best experience. Among other factors, the above points highlighted led to the facing off and discontinuation of the older Cheaper Apple TVs.