The Apple TV comes with an all new streamlined interface:
The new interface for the iPad is interesting. It was getting to the point on the existing Apple TV that I would have to scroll across the screen, and couldn’t see all the options at once. Now, with app style icons, it feels like it should.
The Apple TV 3 sets up quite a nice potential for Apple. The screen looks like a massive iOS device. Down the pike, adding an application store, and apps for the Apple TV seems obvious. Now they have the interface for it.
‘Finally’ with 1080p Streaming:
One of the main features they added to the latest is 1080p streaming. If you have a 1080p capable television, this upgrade seems like a no brainer: it’s only $99 and your 60″ TV was probably close to, or over, $1000.
The Apple TV also supports new iOS and iCloud features:
iTunes Match -
You get all the benefits of iTunes match on the device. Any music or playlists you have on your computer sync up to iCloud, and are available for you to play. Even the songs you ripped from a CD.
Photo Stream -
The Apple TV now has Photo Stream. You can see all of your photos that you take with your iPhone on the big screen. With iOS 5.1 you’ll be able to clean up that stream and delete photos you didn’t want in there, like screenshots.
TVs and Movies on iCloud too -
The best new feature is by far TV shows and movies are now on iCloud. That means that any movie or TV show that you buy through iTunes will be available to you to stream on your Apple TV without buying it again. It will be right there in your purchased list.
I’ve already decided that I’m picking one up. My wife and I talked about getting one last night.