Reviews of the new Apple TV\n\n\nThe new Apple TV is here and it promises to be the best version yet. The latest iteration of the Apple TV includes its own app store, a new controller with a glass touchpad that can be used for games as well as regular channel surfing, Siri and voice control, and a even a brand new interface.\n\n\nThe new Apple TV comes with two storage options: 32GB and 64GB. The 32GB version sells for $149 and the 64GB option sells for $199. An HDMI to HDMI cable is sold separately for $19.\n\n\nSo is the new Apple TV worth buying? Find out by reading the reviews I've included below from top critics. But before you begin, here's a helpful video overview of the new Apple TV from CNet:\n\n\n\n \n\n\n\nWalt Mossberg's review of the new Apple TV\n\n\nWalt Mossberg at Recode noted the importance of the new Apple TV being part of Apple's app and services ecosystem:\n\n\n\nApple TV is finally a citizen in Apple\u2019s huge app ecosystem. It now runs a version of iOS, called tvOS, and has its own app store. At launch, Apple claims it will have hundreds of apps, ranging from standard video streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, to games, to TV adaptations of popular iPhone and iPad apps like Gilt, Zillow, and Airbnb. Down the road, it\u2019s easy to imagine Apple TV leveraging iOS to offer far more choices than the current content leader, Roku, which boasts over 2,500 channels.\n\n\nIn effect, Apple TV has become a sort of iPhone or iPad for the TV, a platform for apps usable across a room. By making the box another vessel for its giant assortment of third-party apps and home-grown services, Apple is putting itself in a position to host programming the networks and studios are increasingly streaming, as well as new kinds of TV content.\n\n\n...the company is moving Apple TV into a future that\u2019s much broader and bigger than Roku\u2019s or Amazon\u2019s. And that makes the case. In effect, while it may not have reinvented all of TV, Apple has reinvented the streaming set-top box.\n\n\nMore at Recode\n\n\n\nUSA Today's review of the new Apple TV\n\n\nEd Baig at USA Today really liked the new interface on the Apple TV:\n\n\n\nApple boasts the prettiest on-screen interface among the streaming devices that I\u2019ve seen. It starts with stunning photographic screen-savers of major cities around the world and continues as you come across handsome movie and TV posters.\n\n\nFollowing a very short learning curve I found the new touch remote to be intuitive and a delight. You can move your thumb along the touch surface on the upper face of the remote to navigate what\u2019s on the screen, or click the touch area to select an action. Dedicated buttons on the remote let you control play\/pause, home, volume and other functions.\n\n\n...Siri can be very helpful. During a movie or TV show, you can ask Siri to skip ahead or rewind by a specific time interval, watching video window previews along the way. In iTunes (and eventually other services), you can also ask Siri \u201cwhat did he\/she say\u201d while watching a movie or TV show and Siri will rewind the movie for 15 seconds and show closed captioning for that long so you can hear or read unheard dialogue. Love that feature.\n\n\nAfter more than three years, the arrival of an improved Apple TV is something Apple fans will surely cheer. But if you're looking for something less expensive or have or will soon get a 4K TV, you're best turning to one of Apple's streaming rivals.\n\n\nMore at USA Today\n\n\n\nThe Daily Telegraph's review of the new Apple TV\n\n\nRod Chester at The Daily Telegraph noted that apps will be key to the success of the new Apple TV:\n\n\n\niOS apps on Apple TV is a game changer. Serious game console players might dismiss it but Apple TV brings games people play every day to a bigger screen.\n\n\nYou can switch between open apps on Apple TV in a similar way that you do on your iOS device. Double click the home button then swipe across to an app. Unlike with a mobile device, there\u2019s no need to close apps to save battery so you\u2019ll probably want to leave them open.\n\n\nThis is a hybrid device that sits in-between other devices. You can\u2019t record shows to it like a DVR but you can do a lot more than stream video content. For people who love their console games, this is an unlikely alternative. But for people who have discovered the fun of gaming through their mobile device, this is an entry-point to a new type of games console.\n\n\nThis is the beginning. Apple has built the framework. What happens next is up to the app developers in maximising the potential in something new.\n\n\nMore at The Daily Telegraph\n\n\n\nThe Wall Street Journal's review of the new Apple TV\n\n\nGeoffrey Fowler at The Wall Street Journal likens the new Apple TV to a giant iPhone for your living room:\n\n\n\nThink of Apple\u2019s fourth-generation box as a way to turn your TV into a giant iPhone.\n\n\nUltimately, the Apple TV\u2019s advantage is that it isn\u2019t tied to the idea of channels, live TV or even streaming. It\u2019s the place where developers are able to do the most cool interactive stuff for the widest audience. There\u2019s already a workout show on the Apple TV that\u2019s smart enough to know if you\u2019re really working out.\n\n\nThe TV of the future needs to be as powerful and easy to use as an iPhone, and this Apple TV is the first box\u2014and the first Apple TV\u2014to achieve that.\n\n\nMore at The Wall Street Journal\n\n\n\nBuzzFeed's review of the new Apple TV\n\n \n\nThe new Apple TV comes with a touchpad remote that lets you swipe to navigate the device's interface, and it lets you interact with Siri.\n\n\n\nJohn Paczkowski at BuzzFeed noted how much better the new Apple TV remote is compared to prior versions:\n\n\n\nIf the new Siri Remote isn\u2019t everything Apple claims it is, it\u2019s close. Certainly, it\u2019s a dramatic improvement over its predecessor in function and usability (it\u2019s worth noting that Apple charges $79 for a spare, which is more than half the cost of the base model Apple TV). Siri is a TV remote that actually makes sense. It does what you want it to do with a minimum of fuss and clutter.\n\n\nThere\u2019s a touchpad on one side of the remote, and you can use it to navigate in all sorts of ways. Swiping across a film\u2019s timeline to pinpoint a particular moment, for example, is surprisingly accurate and easy. Universal search \u2014 which not only enables searches across multiple streaming video services, but prioritizes the results based on the services you subscribe to \u2014 is fantastic.\n\n\nAfter using it for a few hours, I found myself resenting Apple for not enabling it sooner and leaving longtime Apple TV users like me to suffer with the lousy search function that preceded it.\n\n\nPerhaps the most considered new feature of the remote is an optional one: the wrist loop. Apple\u2019s intent in offering it is clearly to save exuberant Apple TV gamers from accidentally flinging their remotes into TV screens during gameplay (Nintendo\u2019s Wii bracelets did the same thing). I\u2019m sure that\u2019s helpful. But frankly, the loop is better used as a means of locating and rescuing the diminutive remote after it\u2019s gone missing between couch cushions. I\u2019ve used it for this purpose at least three times so far, and given the loop\u2019s utility for this sort of thing, it\u2019s puzzling that Apple doesn\u2019t view it as a crucial part of the remote, instead selling it as a silly $13 accessory.\n\n\nMore at BuzzFeed\n\n\n\nMashable's review of the new Apple TV\n\n\nChristina Warren at Mashable noted that games work surprising well on the new Apple TV:\n\n\n\nThe games run the gamut from puzzlers to racing games to party favorites. Beat Sports, from Rock Band creator Harmonix, is a game that uses the accelerometer and gyroscope in the Siri remote to great effect. Beat Sports is basically Wii Sports meets Rock Band \u2014 it's a fun game.\n\n\nAsphalt 8 from Gameloft looks really great on the big screen. The graphics and sound are genuinely better than expected.\n\n\n...there are some games, like SketchParty TV, that really sing on the Apple TV. SketchParty TV, which is like Pictionary on the TV \u2014 works incredibly well in this medium.\n\n\nJust as developers helped make iOS and OS X a thing (and are working on making watchOS something bigger), Apple is obviously hoping developers will embrace the new Apple TV as a platform.\n\n\nMore at Mashable\n\n\n\nDid you miss a post? Check the Eye On Apple home page to get caught up with the latest news, discussions and rumors about Apple.