Ap­ple TV

Mac Format - - UPGRADE! -

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.

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