Apple earlier this week started taking preorders for the brand-new Apple TV, a massive product refresh that brings over a slew of impressive features, including support for App Store apps and games, Siri support and system-wide voice-based search, and a new remote control that wants to bring Wii-like gaming to the living room.
Pricing starts at $149 for the 32GB version, and an extra $50 gets you the 64GB model instead. Now that the new
From the looks of it,
Here’s what the first
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The Wall Street Journal praises Apple’s decisions for the new set-top box, including the user interface, the intuitive touch-friendly remote control, the gaming features of the new platform, and Siri’s smart access to content.
Of course, there are downsides too, like lack of support for 4K video playback, and a lack of content that would make it a true cable TV killer.
“In the long run, I suspect more cable cutters will take the [Apple TV option over competing devices],” the Journal says. “Apple has a proven record with attracting the best apps, and sway with media companies. Apple is working on a streaming service that would bring a lot more content currently tied up in cable subscriptions.”
Read the Wall Street Journal’s review at this link.
Writing for The Verge, Walt Mossberg, a veteran Apple device reviewer, found the new
He also identified one potential problem some existing
One more potentially annoying problem is not being able to search the App Store using Siri though you can use the assistant to search in any other apps. That means App Store searching might become “incredibly hard to navigate.” “Even worse, the keyboard you need to use to search for apps (or for content in services not enabled for Siri, or for signing into services) is awful, actually worse than the old one. It’s maddening,” he said.
“I don’t know when, if ever, Apple will reinvent TV,” Mossberg added. “But this isn’t the moment. I can say that, if I were buying a streaming box right now, this is the one I’d buy, if only for the promise of lots of apps.”
“In effect, while it may not have reinvented all of TV, Apple has reinvented the streaming set-top box,” he concluded.
Read The Verge’s review at this link.
Apple’s progress with the reinvention of TV is also noted in David Pogue’s review on Yahoo Tech. Pogue explains how is it is to set up the
But at the same time, he notes that there are still bugs to be squashed and UI improvements to be done. Pogue also mentions Siri’s inability to take dictation that makes text input annoying, or to offer the same set of features across apps – for example you can’t ask Siri to search for shows anywhere outside of Netflix, HBO, Showtime and Hulu. “It’s a missed opportunity the size of Greenland,” he notes.
Read Yahoo Tech’s review at this link.
The New York Times’ review dives right into the cool features of the new
“I NEVER imagined I would get hooked on reading comic books on a TV screen. That changed last week after I picked up a new
App access is, of course, one of the major new features of the new
“Playing with apps is just one new feature of the revamped
The review describes the other major features of the new
The New York Times’ review is available at this link.