Apple TV with 1080p HD brings you direct access to your favorite movies, television shows, music and other media straight to your TV for only $99. Matt Mira and Kevin Pereira take a look at the new features, like AirPlay, the easy set-up and more for Gadget Pr0n.
What You Need To Know
Apple TV features the same design as the previous generation with the 4" square box that can fit in with almost any living room.
The outputs are also unchanged with an HDMI port, an optical audio port for the speaker system and an Ethernet port.
The upgrades are all on the inside with a single-core A5 processor, which is really there to help with the 1080p output.
The picture quality is good but not a huge step up.
iTunes and Netflix content have also been upgraded to 1080p.
Overall, everything looked good with occasional artifacting.
The interface was also upgraded so it looks more like iOS with new shiny icons populated the screens, as opposed to the scrolling text in the previous version.
The interface is more aesthetically pleasing but we found ourselves scrolling through icons we didn't want to get to the ones we did.
Unfortunately, this is not customizable.
Another thing that's stayed the same is the remote, which we had problems with in a few areas.
Browsing trailers and your Netflix queue is fine with the remote but searching for something specific was frustrating.
We ended up using our iPhone as a remote in order to use the full keyboard.
Apple TV is a great companion to the iPad as well, especially with AirPlay.
AirPlay promises to bridge the gap between the iPad and Apple TV, by pushing music to the device and playing iOS games on the big screen.
Mirroring the iPad isn't full screen but there are games specifically enabled for AirPlay.
Nova 2 can be played on the Apple TV while using the iPad as one big controller.
The game's graphics impressed me but the sheer size of the iPad as a controller was a little ridiculous.
We found ourselves browsing the web on the television, which is like a Web TV but functional.
The content selection could be better.
Since the last release, Apple has updated the box with content from NBA, MLB, NHL and others but there is still no Hulu, Amazon video or HBO: Go.
One nice addition is that Apple now allows you to stream any movie you've purchased.