The Apple TV is an elegant and compact device that allows you to view content from your iTunes library on your television. It features integrated AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi to sync an iTunes library with its internal 40GB hard drive. The Apple TV can connect to any widescreen HDTV with component or HDMI input capabilities. It includes a standard analog stereo output as well as a digital optical connection for connection to a surround sound receiver.
The Apple TV features an interface that was designed with ease of use in mind. Similar in operation and appearance to Apple's popular Front Row application, it gives you intuitive access to movies, TV shows, music, podcasts and photos. The included remote control gives you control over all of this, plus the ability to adjust system settings. You'll also be able to stream trailers for the latest Hollywood blockbusters directly to your television from Apple's web site.
You can think of the Apple TV as an iPod for your living room. It automatically syncs with iTunes in the same seamless manner as Apple's ubiquitous portable media player, and can play any media format that an iPod will. The Apple TV is, overall, the easiest way to watch content from iTunes in the comfort of your living room.
- Download, Sync, Watch
- Using the Apple TV couldn't be easier. Start by downloading a movie from the iTunes store. The Apple TV syncs with your computer via AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi. Grab some snacks, fire up the TV and start watching: it's that easy.
- iTunes Integration
- The Apple TV's internal 40GB hard drive serves to hold a copy of your iTunes library. This gives you ready access to all of your digital media, even when your computer is powered down. Up to 50 hours of video, 9000 songs or 25,000 photos can be stored on the hard drive.
- High-Def Movie Rentals
- The Apple TV puts the iTunes movie rental service at your fingertips. Both HD and SD rentals are available of new and classic catalog releases. Prices range from $2.99 to $4.99 per rental. Once you start watching a film, you'll have 24 hours to finish it before the rental expires. You can start watching the movie at any time within 30 days of renting.
- Multiple Library Support via Streaming
- What if you have multiple computers with iTunes in the house? Or if your library is over 40GB? Or if a friend is visiting with his MacBook and wants to watch a video from his library? The Apple TV is up to all of these tasks; it can wirelessly stream media from any number of iTunes libraries.
- YouTube on Your Tube
We've all been amazed at the vast library of free video clips that are available to watch on YouTube. Up until now you've been forced to watch these clips on a computer monitor; the Apple TV allows you to watch them on your HDTV. Do you want to watch Michael Jordan's shot over Craig Ehlo or another classic sports moment? Perhaps you have a craving to rewatch a classic TV commercial, such as the Apple "1984" Superbowl spot. There's a good chance that you can find it on YouTube.
YouTube support is not included in the current Apple TV firmware. Apple has stated that a mid-June software update will add the most current and popular YouTube videos. The full YouTube catalog will be on the Apple TV by Fall 2007.
- iPhoto and Adobe Photo Streaming
- Mac users will be able to stream photos from an iPhoto library to the Apple TV. Windows users who use Adobe Photoshop Elements or Adobe Album for photo organization will be able to do the same. This gives you an easy way to browse through your digital photo albums.
- HDTV Connectivity
- The Apple TV features standard output for widescreen HDTVs. These include component video, HDMI, RCA stereo audio and digital optical audio outputs. You'll even be able to transmit digital picture and sound over a single cable using HDMI. No cables are included with the Apple TV, allowing you to choose the right one for your television as an accessory.