Apple unveils the new Apple TV, which brings voice control and apps into the mix.
If builders want to add the latest and greatest entertainment aspect into new homes, this product has all the bells and whistles.
Using the new Siri-enabled remote control, users can search for types of shows and movies using their voice. Just say, “Find me shows with dragons,” and Apple TV will show results from iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO and Showtime. The remote has a glass touch interface, built-in accelerometer and gyroscope that help turn the user’s television watching experience into a gaming one. Siri also offers playback control and on-screen navigation, as well as quick access to sports, stock and weather information.
Apple TV runs the new tvOS operating system, based on Apple’s iOS, enabling millions of iOS developers to create new apps and games specifically for Apple TV. The operating system supports key iOS technologies including Metal, for detailed graphics, complex visual effects and Game Center, to play and share games with friends.
“Apps make the TV experience even more compelling for viewers and we think apps represent the future of TV,” says Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of internet software and services.
The new Apple TV will be available at the end of October starting at $149 for a 32GB model and $199 for a 64GB model.