Apple TV’s Advantages and Disadvantages
Apple TV is one of the newer devices that were released compared to its competitors like Roku. Apple TV looks to take over the cable industry while making leads on the streaming front.
What is an Apple TV?
Apple TV is a network appliance and entertainment device that can receive digital data for visual and audio content like music, video, video games, or the screen display of certain other devices and play it on a connected television set or other video display.
When was the Apple TV first Released?
The first generation Apple TV was released in 2006, and it was classified as such. Apple TV has become one of the most popular streaming devices since then, thanks to improvements and additions. The 5th Generation Apple TV is currently available, and it was announced on September 12, 2017.
Apple TV’s Advantages
1. The Streaming Service
The resolution of a 4K television is typically 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, and it is also known as UHD, or Ultra-High Definition. It’s the highest level of high-definition video quality currently available to movie, television, and sports fans.
Apple TV transforms your regular television into a smart television. Apple TV is a great alternative for users on a budget because 4K TVs are still quite expensive. It allows you to stream content from iTunes and other major streaming content providers indefinitely. It also supports HDR10, which means that if you have an HDR-capable TV, you’ll get better dynamic range.
2. Household – Apple HomeKit
Apple’s HomeKit software framework allows users to configure, communicate with, and control smart-home appliances using their Apple devices. Users can enable automatic actions in the house with a simple voice command to Siri or through the Home app by designing rooms, items, and actions in the HomeKit service.
This is the most fundamental feature of home automation. It simplifies tasks in your home, making life easier. Users can control their TVs with their voices thanks to Siri’s voice capabilities. You can ask for specific content, such as podcasts, songs, movies, or videos, using voice commands. Users can communicate with smart devices in the home, such as Smart lights, using HomeKit.
3. Apple TV’s Stylish Design
Apple products are known for their distinctive design—clean, friendly, and fun. One of the selling points of Apple products, as with most Apple products, is their aesthetic appeal. Apple’s design is elegant, with a small remote that blends in with most interior decor.
4. Apps that aren’t listed anywhere else but Apple TV
It can access Hulu, Netflix, and other similar services with its specially designed programs when placed between your Internet-connected computer and your TV, allowing you to easily send their shows to your TV screen. Not only that, but thanks to its AirPlay technology, you can also send YouTube videos from your browser (on any Apple device) to the TV screen. It also has the ability to download a wide range of apps from iTunes.
5. Gaming in 4K HDR
Apple Arcade, Apple TV’s own gaming platform, is also included. You can play a wide variety of games in stunning HD quality. The Apple 4K has a powerful processor that rivals some laptops and is capable of handling most heavy games on your television. And, if Apple’s own developers make one small upgrade and port the company’s games, which are currently only available for iPad, to the Apple TV, this “streamer” will become a gaming console as well.
6. iOS Device Mirroring
You can use Apple TV to watch streaming apps as well as any other app on your device. The AirPlay feature allows you to mirror the entire screen of your phone or tablet on your TV.
If you want to watch non-streaming content from your device on your TV, this is a good option. With a single tap on your iOS device, you can send an image or video straight to your television screen via the Apple TV’s wireless connection. There is no need to set up the connection because it is seamless. You only need to be connected to the same Wifi network.
After all, there’s more than one reason to pay attention to Apple TV. Let’s take a look at some of Apple TV’s drawbacks.
Apple TV’s drawbacks
1. Extremely Pricey (It’s an Apple Product!)
Apple can cost you up to $200 with an additional $50 for annual subscription of Apple TV plus. However, Looking at what the competition has to offer, the price seems to be too much for what we get.
Brands like Amazon and Google have found ways to make the same device affordable and simple. Amazon Fire TV stick lite and Google Chromecast cost around $30. Despite some of the features of Apple TV, its expensive compared to what you can get at a better price for basically the same apps and software.
2. Just another App
Apple TV might have some good features but at the end of the day it is quite pointless if you already own a smart TV. A smart TV has access to streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and even YouTube. Having an Apple TV subscription will just be you paying for a service where you can watch from the other streaming services you have already paid for.
3. Reliance on Apple Products
Apple TV only streams content from the Apple ecosystem. If you have Android or Windows devices, you probably won’t get much out of the Apple TV. You are locked into purchasing all your devices from a particular vendor, or you have to really work at getting everything synced up properly through third party tools such as Dropbox, and if one vendor changes something it might break everything. Unlike Google, the walls of Apple products have been closed off for apple devices only and it makes it very difficult to get use out of devices or services from other companies.
4. Compatibility Issues
A very prominent feature is Apple’s lack of access to universal ports types. Apple products have a distinct type of design and does not support other USB ports. Unlike other competitors like Roku and Chromecast, Apple TV’s lack a USB port offering little support for audio and video puts it at an disadvantage. Apple also does not provide processor upgrades for its streaming device — once you buy it, you are stuck with it until another upgrade is launched.