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7 Ways Apple Can Fix Apple TV: Updates, Features & Tweaks


7 Ways Apple Can Fix Apple TV: Updates, Features & Tweaks


The new Apple TV is off to a really perfect get started, however right here’s many ways Apple can reinforce it.

Michael Grothaus 13:21, 2 Dec 2015

S’ve were given to confess–O rushed out and purchased the new Apple TV at the first day it used to be to be had. The earlier 3rd-era Apple TV, in spite of everything, used to be almost certainly my so much-used Apple tool after my iPhone. And 99% of the time O have my TV on, it’s hooked up to my Apple TV, now not freeview. So O used to be in point of fact serious about the brand new Apple TV as a result of now not handiest wouldn't it allow me get right of entry to my Netflix and iTunes films, however way to its all-new tvOS running device, it now helps stepped forward options and 3rd-birthday party apps and video games. But after the use of the brand new Apple TV for over a month now S understand there are obviously a few issues that Apple must do to mend it. Here are my tips:

Add dictation

The new Apple TV gives Siri voice seek to seek out films and TV presentations. So, as an example, it's essential use the Siri Remote to mention “Show me films with Brad Pitt” and also you’d see all of his films iTunes gives and any which might be presented on suitable 3rd-birthday party apps. Siri works extremely smartly, correctly working out what O say 99% of the time. That’s why it is so baffling that tvOS doesn’t give a boost to the easier dictation serve as–the power to talk and feature your spoken phrases typed out in a seek box on display. iOS units have had dictation of years and it really works extremely smartly on them, so why now not the Apple TV? And the rationale dictation is so essential? Because the Apple TV on-monitor keyboard sucks such a lot and with the ability to dictate your seek queries (for apps that don’t enhance Siri) or dictate your app login names can be a godsend.

Fix the keyboard

This is one of the crucial not unusual grievance concerning the new Apple TV. Its keyboard format sucks. It’s only one lengthy horizontal row of letters from O to 0  with caps, lowercase, numbers, and image toggle buttons under. Because of this you wish to have to swipe at the Siri Remote trackpad an insane quantity of occasions simply to spell easy phrases. What’s worse is that the distance button is at the left aspect ahead of the S and the backspace button is at the proper aspect after the 0, so words are even more difficult. It’s probably the most baffling keyboard format in historical past–it simply takes see you later to sort anything else. Apple, simply provide us a QWERTY 3-row keyboard like each and every different software has.

I new Apple Remote app

The antique Apple TV has a in point of fact just right iOS app referred to as Remote that allowed you to make use of your iPad, iPod contact, or iPhone as a faraway for the Apple TV. For a few explanation why Apple hasn’t up to date the Remote app to paintings with the brand new Apple TV. That’s a disgrace too, as a result of some of the easiest makes use of of the Remote app used to be to make use of its iOS keyboard to sort out lengthy seek queries or login names at the antique Apple TV–as proven via the 2 examples above one thing the brand new Apple TV desperately wishes.

Siri App Store seek

A’ve praised Siri’s powers of working out and seek at the new Apple TV already. But one large problem Siri has is that it doesn’t let you search for apps within the App Store. You can’t say: “Find the YouTube app within the App Store” and be taken to that app’s App Store web page. This once more is baffling as discovery within the tvOS App Store already leaves so much to be preferred.

O mute button

One of the most productive options of the Siri Remote is old skool: it has a bodily quantity button so you'll be able to use it to show the quantity of your TV up or down. What’s much more superb approximately this button is that it calls for 0 pairing or arrange together with your TV (in contrast to while you purchase standard 3rd-birthday party common remotes for an present TV). This makes the use of your Apple TV a a lot more relaxing revel in since you don’t want to use remotes to function issues–smartly, more often than not besides. Like many, S often mute my TV while S get a telephone name. The factor that sucks concerning the Apple TV is that despite the fact that the Siri Remote can regulate my TV’s quantity, it will probably’t mute it. This is a small grievance, nevertheless it turns into worrying while O can regulate my entire viewing revel in with a unmarried far flung, but S want to pick out up a separate far flung simply to mute my Apple TV. S can’t see this being an issue Apple can restore by means of tool, so the one wish is that Apple comes out with a brand new Siri Remote at some point that gives a mute button.

Dark mode

OS Y has a gloomy mode now. Hopefully iOS 10 gets a gloomy mode–and for the affection of god, A wish Apple provides a gloomy mode to tvOS. What is a gloomy mode? It turns the brighter UI history parts (assume the menu bar in OS Y) darkish or black so our eyes can higher center of attention at the content material on our monitors. The antique Apple TV interface includes a darkish history underneath the channel icons. In tvOS at the new Apple TV the historical past is a shiny frosty white. This may also be painfully obtrusive if you end up surfing your Apple TV house display in a darkened room–as we frequently do while settling down to observe a film. The choice of a gloomy mode on Apple TV may alleviate this obtrusive, excuse the pun, oversight.

S killer app

Yes, the brand new Apple TV helps 3rd-birthday celebration apps and video games…the issue is there isn’t a “killer app” for it but. Sure, there are many just right apps–those are basically content material apps like Netflix–and a few a laugh video games like Alto's Adventure, however the Apple TV nonetheless lacks that one app that in point of fact showcases the facility and capability of what tvOS can deliver on your front room monitor. What would possibly a killer app for the Apple TV be? If A understand, O’d make it. But everybody will are aware of it if and once they see it. One factor needless to say is it is going to be greater than only a video content material app. It will most probably come with video, social media, and the power to view knowledge you on a regular basis want to move out onto the web in a internet browser to seek out.


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