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How to use Apple TV: The ultimate guide

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How to use Apple TV: The ultimate guide

Welcome to your new set-top field.

The fourth-generation Apple TV is right here. It brings Siri, third-party apps and recreation controllers, a brand new House display, Apple Song, and so a lot more to your tv. This is the entirety you wish to have to know to get began.

If you wish to have a snappy guide on getting your Apple TV up and operating, we've got were given walkthroughs for putting in place your set height field with both your iOS tool, or manually.

Meet the brand new Apple TV

Apple's new set-top field keeps the smooth black glance of its predecessor—albeit with a couple of adjustments. It is a thicker, taller field now, omitting its virtual audio out port in choose of a unmarried HDMI port, chronic cable, Ethernet port, and USB-C carrier port.

Inside of that middle of the night shell, the Apple TV packs some spectacular hardware, a neat new faraway, and nice new device.


Internally, the brand new Apple TV has gotten a significant improve since its final update in 2012: It now sports activities a 64-bit A8 processor with 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and 32GB or 64GB garage.

The Retina revolution hasn't rather reached the Apple TV but: You are nonetheless taking a look at 1080p solution output from Apple's fourth-generation set height field, although you'll be able to now view it at both 30fps or 60fps.

Siri Faraway

The new Apple TV comes with the newly-redesigned Siri Far flung: Now not most effective does it have the similar Menu and Play/Pause buttons we all know and love from preceding Apple TV fashions, nevertheless it additionally gives a House button to go back to the primary display, quantity controls, a touchpad and embedded click on, and if you are in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the UK, or the USA, Siri capability.

The Siri Far flung is designed to navigate during the Apple TV's interface, keyboard, and apps, however you'll be able to additionally use it as a motion-sensitive recreation controller and switch it horizontally for different recreation or app makes use of.

You'll be able to navigate the brand new Apple TV via the use of the touchpad on the height of the faraway; to make a selection an merchandise, faucet or press firmly to click on at the touchpad.

The House button (seems like a TV) routinely returns you to the House display, regardless of the place you're inside of an app. You'll be able to double-press it to show all currently-running apps as name playing cards and turn between them, iOS-style.

For the fortunate nations that experience get entry to to Siri, you'll be able to be in a position to ask your Apple TV to seek for your favourite presentations; glance up sports activities ratings and the elements; test shares; open apps, play track, and much more. (If Siri is not to be had for your nation, urgent the Siri button will mechanically open the Seek app.)

The Siri Faraway makes use of a Lightning port to rate: You'll be able to plug it in to any present lightning cable or dock you already personal, and it fees temporarily; fully-charged remotes will have to final round 3 months ahead of desiring some other power-up.

You'll be able to presently have just one Siri Faraway hooked up at a time, despite the fact that you'll be able to use third-party controllers, common remotes, or a previous-generation Apple TV far flung concurrently.

3rd-party controllers and equipment

If the Siri Far flung is not relatively chopping it, you'll be able to increase your Apple TV with quite a few other equipment.

Common remotes paintings with the brand new Apple TV, as do third-party Made For iPhone (MFi) recreation controllers; you'll be able to additionally attach Bluetooth headphones to your Apple TV for a extra private listening revel in, and Bluetooth keyboards for higher typing keep an eye on.

You'll be able to concurrently attach a most of 2 Bluetooth units to your Apple TV at one time: This implies you'll be able to both have two third-party recreation controllers hooked up, or a recreation controller and Bluetooth headphones.

If particular apps give a boost to them, you'll be able to additionally attach your iPhone, iPad, or iPod contact to your Apple TV to use as an auxiliary controller. Out of doors apps, then again, there is presently no good way to keep an eye on your Apple TV together with your iPhone but even so restricted enhance within the corporate's personal Remote app.

The interface

The fourth-generation Apple TV is powered through tvOS, Apple's set-top model of iOS. In contrast to its predecessor, tvOS's interface is essentially off-white, with giant, colourful oblong icons that, when decided on, show in parallax (they shimmy ever so relatively when shifting your finger at the touchpad).

The height row of the tvOS House display is known as your Most sensible Shelf: Like together with your Dock on iOS, you'll be able to make a selection up to six apps to are living there. When decided on, Most sensible Shelf apps also are allowed to show further preview content material alongside the highest of the display; as an example, Hulu presentations an inventory of currently-popular presentations on its streaming community.

All of your different apps are living under the Most sensible Shelf, organized in rows of six. You'll be able to transfer an app through settling on it with the touchpad and clicking and retaining; unencumber the clicking and swipe to transfer the app up, down, or side-to-side in your House display.

Meet your new Apple TV's apps

By way of default, your Apple TV ships with the next apps:

  • iTunes Films: Films from the iTunes Retailer, together with your in the past bought or rented content material.
  • iTunes TV Presentations: TV presentations from the iTunes Retailer, together with your prior to now bought or rented content material.
  • The App Retailer: The Apple TV's retailer for third-party TV apps.
  • Pictures: An app for viewing your present iCloud Photograph Library, Photograph Move, and Shared Photograph Streams.
  • Song: An app on your private track assortment and get right of entry to to all of the Apple Song library, together with song movies.
  • Seek: The Apple TV's common seek bar.
  • Computer systems: Any iTunes track and video libraries you've gotten added to House Sharing will display up right here.
  • Settings: The position to exchange your Apple TV's settings.

As well as to those inventory apps, the fourth-generation Apple TV launches with an App Retailer chock-full of third-party apps and video games in your tv. You'll be able to see each and every currently-shipping app on this video beneath:

Even though tvOS apps and iOS apps have other underlying code, Apple is permitting developers to promote their apps in "Common" bundles: This implies that you would be able to get the tvOS model of an app without spending a dime if you have already got its iOS counterpart. You'll be able to test to see when you've got any tvOS apps to be had for obtain through going to App Retailer > Bought.

As soon as you've got downloaded and put in some apps, you'll be able to release any program via settling on it and clicking on it; to go out an app at any time, click on at the House button, or many times click on the Menu button to again out of settings.

Notice: Apps take in restricted native garage

The Apple TV's tvOS apps use on-demand assets to stay your native document measurement as small as imaginable: Because of this you'll be able to set up extra apps and video games with out being worried that they will consume up your 32GB or 64GB space for storing.

If you wish to have to additional regulate how space for storing is used per-app, you'll be able to pass to Settings > Common > Utilization > Arrange Garage.

Different questions?

We are hoping you revel in your new Apple TV! When you've got any particular questions or requests, drop them within the feedback and we're going to attempt to take on them ASAP. Within the interim, you'll be able to additionally take a look at our Apple TV tips channel for the entirety we have now written on it thus far.


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