The fourth generation of the Apple TV went on sale this past Friday. I bought one and have had a chance to use it over the weekend. If you have used either of the two prior models of the Apple TV (the second generation came out in 2010; the third generation in 2012), there is much that is similar. You still have a home screen with icons, and you scroll down to see more icons. Some features have barely changed at all from the prior model except for an updated interface, such as the ability to use Home Sharing to stream your music, photos and videos (purchased or home videos) from a Mac on your home network that is running iTunes. But one thing is very different, and it has the potential to make the Apple TV infinitely better than prior models: the ability to download apps.
- VLC’s app on the new Apple TV will let you play all sorts of video formats (9to5mac.com)
- 7 Exciting Apple TV Apps Coming at Launch (gottabemobile.com)
- New Apple TV is surprisingly repairable (cultofmac.com)