New Apple TV Rumours And Features
Close to the launch of any Apple product, there are always plenty of rumours and speculation with regards to its features, pricing and what the product has in store. Naturally, this applies to the fifth-gen Apple TV that is slated to launch around October or November this year as well.
Coming over a year after its last release, the rumours this time are more to do with the tvOS software having undergone an overhaul, rather than hardware. This is speculation basis the fact that since the release of the first version of the software (tvOS 9) in November 2015, there have already been three firmware updates.
The update will include a redesigned remote app that will replicate the features and performance of the app that is currently available on the iPhone. This new app will introduce all the Siri remote features, which means that the user can pose queries using both the in-built mic as well as typing via the keyboard.
This remote app would also use the iPhone’s built-in sensors as a gamepad, which means that two-player games can now be played without having to invest in an additional Siri remote.
Another key feature is the ease of signing-on to the device that will be introduced – the OS will allow the user to set up multiple third party apps (such as HBO and ESPN) right there, without having to visit each individual website for authentication.
Also on the cards are two more features, i.e. Dark Mode and App Syncing. As the name suggests, Dark Mode darkens the screen if you’re watching TV in a darkened space, making it less strenuous on the eyes, while the App Syncing feature automatically downloads video apps from your iPhone to the TV.
Siri, an Apple staple, will undergo a change with the new OS – it will be able to search your device’s movie and TV database with more complex queries. Additionally, it will also be able to surf YouTube, and launch any live streaming channels over a simple voice command. Siri will also make itself more ‘useful’, if it can indeed be used to control HomeKit-compatible smart-home appliances, with just a voice command.
Memories, a new feature would build digital albums automatically, allowing for easily customisable options as well. This feature will be based on face and place recognition, and combine them into themed groupings. Interesting, we say!
Content bundle, maybe?
While this rumour has no real foundation (yet), it is believed that Apple has been collaborating with several TV networks to offer an attractive bundle of contract-free channels (in the United States). The other possibility is that of Apple looking to provide its own content, along the lines of Netflix. Either of these will prove to be light on the pocket of the user, and is likely touted to be a welcome addition.
Worth the wait?
As with every Apple product release, there’s always some excitement and eagerness guaranteed. Keep your eyes peeled for this one as well!
Picture courtesy – macworld.co.uk
by techtalks @TechTalks August 24, 2016 5:02 AM UTC