The surprise of the Apple event in San Francisco has been finally revealed. It’s the second generation Apple TV. The new generation of Apple TV is very very small. In fact it’s so small that you can hold it in your palm. At the back of this tiny box lies an HDMI port, an Ethernet port and built in Wi-Fi. The Apple TV also has a very nice remote control.
With the second generation of Apple TV, Steve Jobs also introduced a brand new rental model for the device. Users can rent HD content (when available) for very low prices 99 cent for TV shows and $4.99 for first-run movies. The TV shows will be commercial free as well! Netflix subscriber can also stream content to the Apple TV from their Netflix library. Along with this users can watch YouTube videos in HD, and photos from Flickr and MobileMe. Another option the Apple TV provides is to stream content from your Mac or PC.
The new Apple TV does not have any storage management or a storage disc. It does all the above said stuff via streaming only! The AirPlay feature which Apple will be introducing with the iOS 4.2 update for the iPad will support Apple TV as well. AirPlay feature will allow iTouch device owners to stream media for their iTouch to the Apple TV. The UI of the Apple TV is pretty simple and is mainly oriented at what its meant to do.
Sadly, the Apple TV won’t be supporting any applications which many people expected. The second generation Apple TV will be up for sale in four weeks for a retail price of only $99.