Just in time for the holiday season, Apple unveiled a slew of new products at Wednesday’s event. The one we’re most excited about: the latest version of the Apple TV, which will be the fastest to date. In addition to some pretty sweet new screensavers — which will display based on time of day — here are some more things to get excited about before the next Apple TV becomes available in late October.
1. Siri joins Apple TV
And she you can ask her for help finding comedies, that episode of Modern Family with your favorite actor, or what the kids are watching. And when Siri searches, she’ll browse across iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime, with more services coming soon. Once users have settled on a program, they can request Siri display its stars, the weather forecast, or latest sports scores.
2. A built-in App Store will change the app game
This allows users access to third-party apps. Developers will also get the chance to make their own with tvOS, available now. Apple Music will be available on the new television as well.
3. There will be more sports
MLB’s At Bat platform will offer baseball fans split-screen viewing, looking notifications, and the ability to zoom in on important plays, in addition to the latest stats, box scores, and standings. And in 2016, Apple TV customers can expect as similar experience while watching hockey with NHL’s Game Center.
4. It’ll be even easier to shop from your couch
Apple teamed with Gilt to offer a fashion show in users’ living room. The online website reported that 80% of its mobile sales come from iOS devices, and now your television can be one of them.
5. Users can play exclusive games
Now users can get their game on their TV. Apple unveiled Beats Sports, a gaming package from Harmonix that “combines the job of hitting balls with the joy of hitting notes,” per Apple. The TV will also house an exclusive multi-player version of Frogger’s younger brother, Crossy Road.
6. Everything can be navigated with a cool new remote
The new remote appears to be a hybrid between an iPhone and previous takes on the Apple TV controller. It’ll command everything from programming selection to games and make navigating the device’s sleeker screens more streamlined thanks to its responsive touchscreen and Bluetooth control.
The new Apple TV retails at $149 for 32GB and $199 for 64GB.
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