The highly anticipated and expected Apple TV was finally released on the 30th October 2015, I received mine in the afternoon by delivery and here is my unboxing and first impressions.
As always the Apple packaging, in my opinion at least, is next to perfect, every item has its place and adds to the excitement of unboxing.
As expected you will find inside the Apple TV box itself, the new Siri Remote, a user manual, an unexpected Lightning cable and a power plug which could be different depending on which region you live in.
Lets start with the Apple TV box itself, from the top the device makes a square with 98mm rounded edge side and is 35mm high.
As you would expect, the top of the device features the universally recognised Apple logo along side the letters “tv”.
The device is actually 12mm taller than the last generation Apple TV which is an unusual move from Apple.
On the bottom of the device you will find, under the Apple logo, all the device information such as model number, serial number etc. It has a slight spherical emboss which makes sure the device sits flat and level.
Out of sight on the back of the device you will find 4 IO ports, one for power supply, a USB-C port, a 1.4 HDMI output and a 10/100BASE-T Ethernet port.
However that is not all that the new Apple TV is packing, a 802.11ac Wi‑Fi card with MIMO and Bluetooth 4.0 card are well hidden.
Next up is the new Apple Siri Remote, the remote is split at around 60/40 in to two different textures, the top glass touch surface allows navigation and selection onscreen whereas the bottom part is a glossy plastic for grip.
The remote is slightly shorter than the last generation at 124mm compared to 152mm, however it is slightly larger at 38mm compared to 25mm.
This is understandable as Apple have introduced 4 new buttons, Home, Siri and Volume Up/Volume Down and a microphone at the top.
On the back of the device, not only will you find the model number, serial number and other relevant information but also a microphone to complete the dual microphone setup new to the Apple Siri Remote.
Apple decided to include a Lightning cable in the box, to charge the new Apple Siri Remote but I wonder if it wouldn’t have been more simple to include a USB-C cable to charge the remote and serve a second purpose to connect the Apple TV to a Macbook.
Apple TV Setup
When the device is powered on and plugged into a monitor/tv screen, you will be met will the following screens which take you through the setup procedure.
The obvious first step is to pair the new Apple Siri Remote by holding the Menu and + buttons at the same time, this initiates the Bluetooth pairing process.
Steps 2, 3 and 4 involve choosing the device language, region and deciding whether to configure the device manually or with a 9.1 iOS device.
Next up the Apple TV will ask you to log in to your Apple account and eventually verify if you have two factor authentication enable (I highly recommend you do).
After verifying your account you should be asked if you would like to activate location services, again I would recommend this to improve the Apple TV’s suggestions and personalisation etc.
Your Apple TV will then ask you 3 more questions, whether you would like to use (who wouldn’t), whether you would like to use the live wallpapers (watch out for data usage) and lastly if you would like to send diagnostics information to Apple, I tend not to.
Up next are two more questions, the difference being you are obliged to accept to be able use the Apple TV.
And there you have it, you are not set up to use the new Apple TV, here are a couple of screenshots from the home screen, movies app, app store and the music app.
The Apple TV is available to purchase on the Apple website for £129 in the 32GB model and £169 for the 64GB model.
I will try to have an impressions and full review article up within a few weeks but I need a little time to play around with it first.
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