Sat. Jan 28th, 2023
The new Apple TV and Siri Remote.
Enlarge / The new Apple TV and Siri Remote.

Andrew Cunningham

If you update a piece of technology after leaving it virtually untouched for three years, the changes will undoubtedly be significant.

That’s certainly true of the fourth-generation Apple TV, the first major update to Apple’s “hobby” project since early 2012. Where the old box was more limited and device-like, the new one has its own separate (albeit iOS-based) operating system and includes its own App Store for consumers and SDK for developers.

So for the second time this year, we’re not only evaluating a new Apple product, but a new Apple platform, one with its own unique strengths, weaknesses, capabilities, and limitations. The new Apple TV wants to be something less than a full-fledged computer under your TV, but something more than ‘just’ a streaming box or a game console. How well does it achieve that goal so early in life? And what are the inevitable issues with version 1.0 that need to be fixed as Apple refines the platform?

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