Saturday, May 18, 2024

2nd Generation Apple TV

Apple TV is a digital media receiver sold, released and produced by Apple Inc. It is a created to play digital media files from the iTunes store, Youtube, Flicker or to any computer that is running Mac OS X and iTunes, and it is connected to a high definition television device. Apple TV can be used as either as a television and video equipment designed to reproduce in the home the experience of being in a movie theater connecting it to an iPod or as a digital media receiving system, relying on the necessities of the user. It was 1st announced to a special press conference  from San Francisco, California on September 12, 2006,in a Stevenote.

This 1st type of Apple TV device was released with 40 GB capacity of memory storage. A 2nd version with a bigger 160 GB hard disk was released on May 31, 2007. From the official release moment at the end of 2008, the number of sold devices was triple than in 2007. On September 14th, 2009, Apple stopped the production of the 40 GB model, letting only  the 160 GB model on the market.

On October 29, 2009 the operating system was upgraded to version 3.0 for a better accommodation to the wide screen displays, a better  iTunes integration, and to be used for internet radio streaming.

Apple TV is a network device special made to let the users to put into service an HDTV set for viewing of photos, play  music and see movies that are downloaded from an Internet media service or a local network, like iTunes Store, Youtube, Flicker, or Mobile Me. Trough the  iTunes Store, users can buy and rent movies, buy TV shows, music tracks, albums, or music videos and subscribe to podcasts, everything that is included being  in high definition. Users can browse and view media files from every site like the ones enumerated above. Apple TV devices can also sync or stream photo files, tracks or video content from another network connected personal computer, with the condition to run iTunes. Apple TV includes a remote control that have a good quality and Air Tunes features.

Apple Inc. prepares a series of goals to be accomplished  that will continue providing new features through upgrades of the software, letting the door open to furthermore usage of its hardware capacities and new software developing.

Upgrading the  Apple TVs 2 device is a simple thing. You will need to go to Settings, press Update Software, and choose the Play/Pause button. The device will show you  that an upgrade is available and propose you  to Download Now or Update Later. If your  choice will be to download it now the display will show   a progress bar and how much will take until the process will be completed.

Once the download will be completed, you will be able to see the Update Now or Update Later options. The Apple TV 2 Update display will warn you that the upgrade will cause the device some restarts, could reach up to 5 different restarts before the device to be able to function properly. The total time for this process can be up to 10 minutes or even more.

When the upgrade is totally finished you’ll see the on the Apple TV’s display a new and more accessible interface.

The 2.0 version it is more nicer and simplified as the first one . Basically it is made from  a box with 2 columns, which take the place of the rotating features we can see in the first version of Apple TV or in Leopard’s Front Row. Among this box you will be able to see videos, television shows, listen music tracks or podcasts transmissions , photos, Youtube, and Settings buttons on the left side. On  the right side there are some special features that will help you to select the left entries. So, for instance, if you have chose video movies you’ll see the rented ones and also some characteristics  like Top Movies, Genre, Search option, official trailers, My Favorites, and if you are in a network the shared movies with other personal computers.

To be able to see a movie, you will need to use the Apple Remote Control to move to the desired direction with the help of the four buttons . When you will choose a movie, its name will be showed in a lower position. Choose the wanted movie and you will see an information page with the imdb datas like the official poster , the movie plot, name of the actors, producers, scenarists and the writer, an official trail and some options to buy the movie. Standard definition versions can be bought for an almost 4 dollars price and the high definition ones to a 5 dollars price. Apple TV is now able to play even the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack that can be found  in most of the HD versions of the movies, feature that wasn’t available in the past.