The tiny black box makes life easy when you want to kick back with music or video on your television without having to mess with cables. You only need to click the AirPlay icon in iTunes on your Mac or tap it in Control Centre on an iOS device and select the Apple TV as the target.
Apple TV can work independently of a Mac or iOS device. Connect it to your iTunes Store account and you can rent and stream movies direct to your TV.
The third-generation Apple TV is easier than ever to set up. All you need to do is place a recent iOS device that’s already configured with your Wi-Fi password and iTunes Store account on top of the Apple TV to transfer those details in an instant. And with Apple’s Remote app, you can use your iOS device in place of the bundled, traditional remote control.
Apple TV is also a practical addition to your Mac if you don’t have space for a dedicated second monitor. The AirPlay Mirroring feature in the latest version of OS X enables your Mac to extend its desktop onto a nearby TV set – without having to run a cable between the Mac and the TV. Your Mac shows an AirPlay icon in its menu bar whenever it detects an Apple TV on the same network as itself, putting an increased workspace of up to 1920x1080 pixels just a couple just a couple of clicks away.