I realise that the Apple TV has been around for years but I never wanted one while it only output at 720p. I mean, that’s not really very HD is it in this day and age? The latest version was released and with it came 1080p – at last, it was approaching a specification that I was interested in.
However, for one reason or another, I still didn’t buy one. Sure, I kept looking and thinking ‘I’d quite like that’ and doing nothing about it.
Then my OS updated to Mountain Lion and my iPhone updated to iOS6, and there was talk of Airplay and Video Mirroring. Things that I had heard of, but not really been interested in… but I suddenly decided ‘I want some of this’ and went out and bought the Apple TV.
I plugged it in and it started to talk to me. How odd. I soon turned that off, popped in my Apple password, and off it went, all configured and ready to go.
It’s great. Yes, it’s a closed system – come on, it IS Apple – but since I use Apple computers and phones anyway that’s no big deal. I can flick my photos from phone to TV screen, along with videos. It’s worth it for that function alone. The ability to wirelessly send my phone or laptop screen to the TV is priceless, and required no setup whatsoever.
I’m now hooked to the Apple TV. Video quality is amazing, I’ve had no buffering issues, and I can now show off my entire photo library to poor unsuspecting guests. I’m looking forward to seeing what they add to the OS next. BBC iPlayer would be cool.
Right, I’m off to play…