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The most substantial part of the update to the 4th generation of the Apple TV is the addition of an App Store. Awesome! There are a nice number of apps so far. Not too many, just yet. Let’s look at installing an app. To do so, start your Apple TV and from the home screen, click on the App Store icon. Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 9.28.37 PM From the App Store, search for an app and click on it. If you like the screenshots, click on the Get button (it’s a free app so it says Get). Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 9.29.35 PM Once installed, click on Open. Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 9.29.44 PM The app opens. Yay. Very easy. Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 9.29.53 PM Some of the apps from your other devices may work on the Apple TV. If you go to Purchased Apps from the top row of options, you’ll be able to click on All Apps. From there, you’ll see a list of apps available for the Apple TV. Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 9.30.28 PM If you click on an App, you can then click on Install. Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 9.30.37 PM Once installed, you can open apps and use them.

November 4th, 2015

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The new fourth generation Apple TV is everything I hoped the third generation would be. We have a touch remote with a Mic, great video, USB-C, and most importantly, an App Store! And while I have security concerns around the setup process, I am sure Apple has thought through the myriad of questions I have surrounding sharing Apple ID keys over bluetooth from a phone to the Apple TV to streamline the setup process. So about that setup process. Configuring the new Apple TV is pretty straight forward. To get started, get your phone out. Yes, your phone. Then unwrap the Apple TV and plug it into the HDMI port on your TV and the AC adapter (which is the same as the second and third generation Apple TVs). IMG_6014 Once plugged in, boot up your Apple TV. When prompted, click Set Up with Device on the fancy  new remote. IMG_6015 At the Set Up Your Apple TV prompt, make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your phone and then wait for it, the TV will see your phone! Screen Shot 2015-11-02 at 8.03.45 PM When prompted on your phone, tap Continue. IMG_6017 When the TV tells you to enter the Apple ID on your phone, make sure your phone is unlocked and then provide that information. IMG_6018 You’re then prompted for whether you’d like the Apple TV to retain your password. Obviously, if you have kids that love to buy in app purchases, this might be a bad idea. If you live alone, maybe a good idea. IMG_6019 Make your selection and then you’ll be prompted for whether you’d like to send data to Apple. I usually tap OK here, as I prefer my experience to get better with products (and usually don’t go in for all the tin foil hat stuffs). IMG_6020 Back on the TV, choose whether or not to enable Location Services. If you travel with Apple TV, this might be helpful. If not, then it’s likely not a biggee. IMG_6021 One of the great new features is the new Siri integration with Apple TV. While Siri on my TV doesn’t seem to like me much, I’m sure it’s my fault, so I’d still click that Use Siri option. IMG_6022 I loved the photos on the previous generation of Apple TV, so decided to let Apple give me some more. You may not want to use their background for a screensaver. Click Automatically Download if you’d like to use theirs, or Not Now if not. IMG_6023 You’re then prompted for whether or not to send Diagnostics and Usage Data to Apple again. Choose if you’d like to do so. IMG_6024 If you want your apps to get better, click Share with App Developers. IMG_6025 Click Agree to agree to the warranty. IMG_6026 Click Agree to agree to Apple’s Terms and Conditions (for these, you can’t proceed unless you agree to them; otherwise you can return the device). IMG_6027 Now you’re at the Main Apple TV screen. If you’re used to using Netflix, the next thing you’ll want to do is head over to the App Store and install some apps. You can also go ahead and start buying media, etc. Enjoy!  

November 3rd, 2015

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