Apple’s Apple TV got a refresh yesterday.  And while it will leave many pining for more – many folks were hoping for an actual display infused with the Apple TV tech and then some – it does bring some needed features to the set top box.

The new Apple TV now supports full HD content, as in 1080p.  The user interface has been redesigned such that it mimics Apple’s mobile operating system; it uses oversized icons.  For those that subscribe to iTunes Match, they can now enjoy their movies in the cloud, provided of course they purchased them from Apple’s iTunes store.  However, we’ve recently learned that it will support digital copies that ship with a Blu-ray, though don’t expect all movies to be compatible. Like the previous Apple TV, anyone with an iOS device will be able to wirelessly stream audio and video directly to the box, and watch or listen to it on their big screen TV.  With home sharing enabled on a Mac or PC users can also enjoy their entire library of media in their iTunes without having to transfer the data directly to the box.   Lastly, the Apple TV supports Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo as well as a variety of live sporting events, such as MLB, NBA and the NHL.

The new Apple TV, which looks physically the same as the previous iteration will be available March 16th for $99.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."