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New Apple TV software upgrade produces wonders and experience

New Apple TV software upgrade produces wonders and experience

Downloading and watching recent movies - in high-definition, from the comfort of your living room - is a stupendous experience. It could become habit-forming (exactly what Apple probably has in mind.)
First, a little history.
I've had a test unit for months. Because of Apple's (AAPL - Cramer's Take - Stockpickr) long history of innovation, I figured this would be a killer video device that every person on the planet would want to own. You know, like iPods and iPhones.
When I originally received the device I couldn't wait to try it. It handled music very well. But videos that had been downloaded to play on an iPod looked absolutely dreadful when played on my HDTV screen. I was highly unimpressed.
Despite its shortcomings, I thought Apple TV had lots of potential - but not in that original form. Video playback would have to be improved. Obviously, Mr. Jobs had the same thought.
So, when Apple sent me an email and told me they had just published a major software update for my Apple TV box, I couldn't wait to try Apple TV 2.0
You already know that I now like what I see (and hear), but first some hardware details.
Apple TV is a very small, single-purpose computer (7.7 by 7.7 by 1.1 inches, 2.4 pounds). It will connect your wide-screen TV via a component or HDMI cable (sold separately) and also to your high-speed Internet connection at home via Wi-Fi (802.11g/n) or Ethernet (10/100BASE-T). Audio is handled by analog RCA jacks or the optical digital port. There's also a USB 2.0 port and IR receiver inside.
The device must be electronically "linked" to either a Mac (Mac OS 10.3.9, 10.4.9 or later) or PC (Windows XP, Service Pack 2.


Updated : 2021-08-01 14:34 GMT+08:00