After Apple’s event yesterday a select group of media had a chance to play with the new Apple TV hardware and software for a few minutes. Below, we have included hands-on impressions and some videos.
Hands-on with Apple TV
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- “Overall, it's a welcome — and meaningful — upgrade to the Apple TV, but there's nothing in this first look that makes it seem like it's going to usher in a massive TV revolution. It's now competitive with the latest from Roku, Amazon, and others, and the potential of real processing and graphics power coupled with the App Store is enormous, but it's hard to say more until that stuff goes live,” wrote Nilay Patel, The Verge
- Video by The Verge
- “It’s all about Siri. Apple clearly has turned Siri into the centerpiece of the new Apple TV … Using voice to control Apple TV worked fairly well during my brief hands-on test, which says something: My German accent tends to throw off voice recognition systems, but Siri had no problems searching for foreign comedies when asked to do so,” wrote Janko Roettgers, Variety
- ”Prior to the event, Apple made no promises about using Apple TV to challenge game consoles. The product offers games of an adequately functional nature without really offering anything exciting or innovative,” wrote Colin Campbell, Polygon
- Video by Scott Stein, CNET
- “What you do engage with is the new remote control. It feels more like a mashup of a 1st-gen iPod nano and a MacBook trackpad, with the touch surface for navigation being very sensitive: at first, I skittered through the revamped interface, the icons tilting and bobbing as I went,” wrote Chris Davies, Slashgear
- "The Siri interface worked well, and quickly, with only a few minor glitches in the demo, and these issues were almost exclusively down to asking the "wrong kind" of question of Apple TV or using poor language and fumbling a request. Even when held at arm's length, the controller clearly understood what Wired was saying, so there was no need to hold the stick close to your mouth and talk into it like a dictaphone," wrote Jeremy White, Wired
- Video by Wired
- “Apple TV is hot. I only got a brief period to play with it, but it seems fast, responsive, beautiful, and intuitive. It feels alive. … I think Apple TV might be the most disruptive product from Apple since the iPhone. Not the most lucrative, necessarily, but the most disruptive — in the sense of defining how all TVs will work in a few years,” wrote John Gruber, Daring Fireball
Learn more about the new Apple TV here, where we will include everything we know.