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HONEY, they shrunk the Ap­ple TV. That large white box by the TV has be­come a small black box that can hide in plain sight. It is 80 per cent smaller than its fore­bear and sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper.

For less than the price of an iPod Nano, you can con­nect this box to your TV and view movie down­loads, YouTube videos, trail­ers, pho­tos and pod­casts on the big screen. It doesn’t even need to be plugged di­rectly into your mo­dem— it has Wi-Fi on board.

But some things have been lost in Ap­ple TV’s tran­si­tion. It is not de­signed for TV and movie buys any more. It has been made for movie rentals and me­dia stream­ing.

Ap­ple has saved on space and money by re­mov­ing its hard drive. The Ap­ple TV’s me­mory has dropped from 160GB to 8GB, and that 8GB is used sim­ply to record pur­chase in­for­ma­tion.

New Ap­ple TV own­ers can only rent movies from its on­screen menus. They are then down­loaded and streamed to the box.

In prac­tice, this is a sur­pris­ingly smooth op­er­a­tion. Once play­ing, movies were de­liv­ered with few signs that they were stream­ing and looked crisp. Users have 48 hours to watch a film af­ter press­ing play. The new Ap­ple TV does not save these down­loads but you can still pause, rewind and fast-for­ward films.

As with pho­tos and home movies, you can stream TV shows from your com­puter to the Ap­ple TV. Ap­ple iPad stream­ing will be pos­si­ble this month.

Con­nect­ing these de­vices over your home net­work is easy.


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