Apple TV or ATV for short. Apple’s Steve Jobs had called the ATV a hobby for Apple. Is it still a hobby? Does it have a place next to the TV in every Australian geeky house? That question I hope to be answered at the end of the post.
I say geeky because with any technical gadget, ATV being no exception, there a few technical hurdles that need to be overcome. To use ATV to its full potential you need either wired or wireless connection to the Internet and then being able to connect the ATV near the TV, you need a free HDMI connection. NO HDMI no go :(.
Here is the unboxing of the Apple TV but that’s how far it got 2.
I’ve run out of HDMI cables so the ATV is just sitting in the lounge in the box ready to be used once I get a HDMI cable.
HDMI cable has arrived and tonight I’m going to connect it to the AV Receiver and the TV. Will post more when I have it connected.
Well it looks like I made the right choice with the Apple TV.
9to5mac.com Airplay for safari and 3rd party apps has reported that Airplay for safari and 3rd party apps will be available in 2011. The person that made the announcement was none other than Mr Steve Jobs responding to an email from a MacRumors reader.
Today I went and bought an Apple TV. I don’t think I have a need for it yet, but I want one. It was after watching this video that I saw the potential.
The video shows the use of Airplay on 3rd party apps. While the APIs are private at the moment, which means the app won’t pass the app store review, it shows how much Airplay can be used if Apple decide to make the APIs public. I mean come on, sitting on your couch streaming video from your PC/Mac to your TV via your iPhone/iPad. It’s the ultimate couch potato dream :).
Apple has just released(actually it was about 5am this morning :)), their latest iOS version 4.2.1. It’s supposed to bring together both iPhone and iPad, with both having the same features like, multitasking, folders, airprint and air play.
They also decided to make Find My iPhone for free. If you have an iPhone 4, iPad or a fourth gen iPod Touch you can get Find My iPhone you can get it for free. For the rest of the people with older devices you have to pay for MobileMe, which gives you Find My iPhone amongst the other features.
Time to get cracking and download the update.