New Apple TV (2012): Full Review – A bump to 1080p resolution support – Part 2

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 8:03:19 by

The interface has been made more user-friendly with larger and crispier icons and broader lists. Every app has its own icon and every feature owns its own. It looks like Apple TV’s OS is maturing by the day. The whole software has been lifted to 1080p resolution, which is a welcome update.

If you’re used to the old Apple TV, the most noticeable difference is the new user interface. Gone are the old list-style menus, replaced with larger cover art at the top and square icons along the bottom for movies, TV shows, music, computers, and settings.

Navigate farther down and there’s a grid of icons for the Apple TV’s other supported services; it looks a lot more like the screen of an iPad or iPhone than ever before. I’m not sold on the idea that the new home screen is better than the old design, but it’s not a huge step in the wrong direction.

The application pool is widening day-by-day but still when it comes to content per device, Apple holds the shorter side of the stick. Its competitors like Roku LT, which is available for half the price of Apple TV, offers a wider and better range of online content, for example Hulu Plus and HBO Go.

It supports the likes of MLB.TV, NBA, NHL, YouTube, and Vimeo. The podcast section also includes plenty of video content (which a lot of people don’t realize).

There are a number of sources missing in the equation including like Hulu Plus, HBO Go, Pandora, and Rdio, plus the dozens of niche video sources that Roku supports. If you don’t use those services, you won’t be missing anything with the Apple TV.

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