Introducing the new Apple TV!


Well, along with a host of other pundits I managed to guess right on the iPod touch (seems Apple is now using lowercase here). It has indeed made an appearance with Retina display and FaceTime. However, I was wrong on the shuffle – it still lives on. In my defence I did say that its demise was only a possibility. As for the Classic, it seems that though no mention was made of it by Steve Jobs earlier, that it isn’t being killed off, at least not yet. It’s still displayed on the Apple site as part of the iPod range.

I didn’t see the new iPod nano (lowercase again) with Multi-Touch coming though. As for the Apple TV (guess iTV is wrong – Apple seems to like wrong-footing us on some things), it has indeed made an appearance at $99, together with Netflix (US) and incorporating the A4 chip we first saw in the new iPhone. It’s also smaller and is HDMI ready.

New Apple TV

However, I was right about the price for us in the UK – £99. So once again we get stiffed by Apple! How many times does that happen; if I had a pound for everytime US companies do this to us (you know who you are Microsoft, Adobe and others) then I would be a rich man indeed. Same thing happens with the film rentals. US prices start at $3.99 whilst we pay £3.49. Well thank you Steve (sarcasm there)!

My prediction about MobileMe was close in that you will be able to access your MobileMe galleries on your Apple TV, along with YouTube and flickr. You will also be able to stream your iTunes library to the Apple TV. However, you will initially only be able to do this from your Mac.

The Apple TV will also allow you to use your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to control your Apple TV using the free Remote App from the App Store. Apple promises that soon you will be able to do so from your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch using AirPlay.

Technical specifications for the new Apple TV:

Size and weight

Height: 2.29 cm (0.9 inches)
Width: 9.91 cm (3.9 inches)
Depth: 9.91 cm (3.9 inches)
Weight: 0.27 cm (0.6 pounds)

Ports and interfaces

  • HDMI2
  • Optical audio
  • 10/100BASE-T Ethernet
  • Built-in IR receiver
  • Micro-USB (for service and support)

Wireless

  • 802.11n Wi-Fi (a/b/g compatible)
  • 2.4GHz and 5GHz

Video formats

  • H.264 video up to 720p, 30 frames per second, Main Profile level 3.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats
  • MPEG-4 video, up to 2.5Mbps, 640×480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats
  • Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35Mbps, 1280×720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Audio formats supported

  • HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3 and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF and WAV; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through

Photo formats

  • JPEG, GIF, TIFF

TV compatibility

  • Compatible with high-definition TVs with HDMI and capable of 720p 60/50Hz,2 including popular models from these manufacturers: Hitachi, JVC, Mitsubishi, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony, Sharp, Toshiba
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