Ap­ple TV

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Eight years af­ter the Ap­ple TV came into our homes, it has fi­nally been given an App Store. We can hardly re­call a time when our iOS de­vices didn’t have one, so it’s good to see the hum­ble black box get­ting a way to add con­tent be­yond TV, film and mu­sic. You can at last in­stall apps that turn your TV into a place to catch up on news, sports re­sults and even do some shop­ping. If it’s games you’re into, Ap­ple TV is also a games con­sole with a clever re­mote that gives you mo­tion con­trol thanks to its gy­ro­scope and ac­celerom­e­ter, just like your iPhone. The top area of the re­mote is ded­i­cated to touch, mean­ing you can con­trol your Ap­ple TV like never be­fore. So it’s all ges­ture­based: tap and swipe your way through menus, and use it as a scrub­ber for speed­ing through video. The new Ap­ple TV in­cludes Siri too, which is smartly able to re­spond to nat­u­ral lan­guage queries, so you can ask it to show you the lat­est ac­tion films, say.

The new model is the same width and depth as the pre­vi­ous two gen­er­a­tions, but it’s a lit­tle taller – by 12mm. You’ll still need to sup­ply your own HDMI ca­ble as well.

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