We have seen how Apple has revolutionized the world with phones and tablets with exceptional apps. What would it look like if it enters our living room through the Apple TV?
The Daily Mail reports it does aim to wipe out negative viewing experience characterized by overpriced cable bundles, and streaming services that make it hard for people to know what's showing. Through the product review, the low down on "the future of television" gets more interesting than ever.
For one thing, the TV is app-based and is designed to be hidden from view. It is hockey sized and can operate on Bluetooth remote. This means you can hide it anywhere you please, even inside a cabinet. It also safeguards privacy and noise pollution through Bluetooth headphones.
The big surprise is in the selection of apps that is available on the Apple TV: One of them is called Setup that uses the iPhone to pull down all your WiFi settings and Apple account information. All that needs to be done is to place the iPhone near the Bluetooth.
The new remote has a built-in glass touchpad that can let you move on a film during playback. With your finger, you can scroll down fast for easy viewing of selections, and then clicking on the mouse pad to make your choice. This Siri Remote can either control volume on TV or A/V receiver, or power it on or off. Best of all, you can voice search TV shows and movies by title, genre, cast, crew, rating or popularity. Fancy a comedy? All you have to do is say so.
Tech Insiders reports that the TV apps are interactive. Some TV apps are downloadable, such as HBO Now and Go to Red Bull TV. Other apps are for gaming, shopping, even property apps like Zillow and Airbnb.
Another app is QVC, which points to the future of interactive TV. It works by logging you into your account and lets you use a "buy" button over the video so you can directly buy what you see on TV.
The report mentions that this might hold the key to future developments in interactive Tvs, such as allowing users to vote for the favorite singer on "The Voice" or joining real-time polls during presidential debates just with a click of the button.
The Apple TV starts at USD 149.