Reviews and Problems with Apple TV 1st-gen 40GB-160GB / MA711 / MB189
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Why You’ll Want the New Apple TV
The Mac Observer
10 October 2004
Conclusion: Out of the box, the new Apple TV makes huge strides that improve the customer experience. Apple has understood its audience, and it shows in the packaging, product design, instruction manual and operational features. For now, for those who have one of the old Apple TVs, it’s running too hot for taste, and they may be salivating over the rumored potential for iOS apps down the road, I’d say sell it, give it away, or move it to another room.
Pros: Small but hefty, doesn’t get moved around by stiff wires, runs cool, no computer necessary, excellent 34 page instruction manual, adds gorgeous Netflix interface, better interface to Mac/PC, faster boot sequence, cleaner menus.
Cons: No HDMI cable included — but almost justifiable by Apple. Requirements for use in ultra fine print on a small box.
Summary: The Apple TV had a rocky start in the UK. While the US had an iTunes store bursting with TV shows and movies, we had nothing but a handful of Pixar shorts. That’s now been remedied, and the UK store is full of top shows like 24 , Lost and Flight of the Conchords , with new episodes often available just 24 hours after the television airing, and some in HD .