Apple TV 2 Facts – iPhone and iPod Touch Integration

Over the last decade Apple’s business plan has migrated from making computers that were user friendly to creating devices that fill holes that we as users weren’t even aware existed. For example the iPod; we had personally CD players and portable radios. But did we carry them around with us every time we left our house? I didn’t. Apple has filled that void, the void we were unaware of and now they continue that trend with Apple TV.

The first Apple TV was introduced in 2006 but was mainly just a hard drive. At that time a computer running iTunes was a necessity so it could stream content to the Apple TV. A software update was release a few years later allowing the Apple TV to be disconnected from the computer. Therefore, creating a stand-alone device that could stream music and movies.

With the latest update to the Apple TV line, Apple has cut all cords and is now doing what they do best, integration. Apple’s stranglehold, if you will, on the market is that all of their products work well with each other. They are well aware of this and use it to their advantage. This includes AirPlay, Apple’s new (it use to be called AirTunes) integration service that allows all Apple handheld devices (iPhone, iPod, and iPad) to stream content to wireless devices like the new Apple TV.

For example, I’m flying for a business trip and have downloaded a movie on my iPad from iTunes. I don’t have a chance to watch all of it during my flight so when I get home I can turn on my Apple TV and push a button on my iPad and bingo the movie that was on my iPad is now instantly on my big screen, in HD. The same thing goes for the iPhone and iPod. All of them can instantly stream video, music, and photos to the Apple TV.

So, is it worth the $99? The HD Roku boxes are $100 so right there you save a dollar. If you have any of Apple’s handheld devices and are a member of Netflix, I don’t see how you could pass this up. The wireless streaming from my iPhone and iPad is well worth the $99 not to mention a Netflix connection. Oh ya, and you get access to all of the movies and TV shows that are on iTunes instantly. Please feel free to comment and ask questions.

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  3. Phil

    September 11, 2010 at 9:43 am

    There is no hard drive in the new Apple TV, so something like that seems unlikely.

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  6. Josh

    September 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm


    Nope, no hulu, no pandora, no iOS. So that means no apps. However, I think it will only be time before a form of iOS is released for it. Fingers crossed.

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  7. Cody

    September 10, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    That exactly what i want to know. Hulu would be awesome. Even if they did though, I bet you would have to be a Hulu + member which costs 10 bucks per month.

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  8. Jimd

    September 10, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I’m curious to know if itv will streem hulu, pandora and have apps to check facebook an twitter

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