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APPLE TV is a relatively new addition to the tech giant’s growing catalogue of services.
But what exactly is it? Here we answer some common questions about Apple TV and how it differs to other devices.
Apple is currently investing heavily in original TV content as it seeks to compete with Netflix and Amazon VideoCredit: Alamy
What is Apple TV?
Starting at £149, Apple TV acts at an entertainment hub, allowing users to easily navigate across different platforms without constantly switching between the likes of BBC iPlayer, Netflix, iTunes and YouTube.
The latter two products essentially do the same things, and will burn a much smaller hole in one’s pocket.
But, as with any Apple product, it seamlessly links with other Apple devices and services.
Users can also access Apple TV+, which is Apple’s own streaming service containing original shows and content.
Apple TV links between devices
How does Apple TV work?
Apple TV currently comes in two different versions – Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD, which also vary in storage capacity.
Both devices are identical and simply differ in picture quality.
Apple TV is a relatively small block-shaped device which can be plugged into a standard television or monitor.
Users simply have to log in with their Apple ID (used across all other devices) and begin browsing.
Apple also encourages its customers to purchase its HomePod speakers – for a full immersive experience.
Starting at £99 for a HomePod mini, this product is certainly not essential, but will look rather pretty sat next to the TV device.
The Apple TV app is another great feature that allows customers to watch their favourite programmes on the go.
Netflix is available on Apple TV 2 and later.
Apple TV links in with other Apple services and devicesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
What shows are on Apple TV?
Like its competitors Netflix and Amazon, Apple is now producing its own content called Apple TV+.
Although a recent addition, Apple’s own shows have already gained recognition.
Here’s five of the Apple’s highlights so far.
1 – Defending Jacob
Chris Evans in Defending Jacob, an Apple TV exclusive showCredit: Apple TV
Rotten Tomatoes score – 73%
Based on the best selling novel – an assistant DA’s world is thrown into turmoil when his son is accused of murder.
Rotten Tomatoes score – 90%
At the other end of the genre spectrum – Ted Lasso is a whimsical take on an American’s experiences managing a football team in England.
The American college football coach takes over as manager of AFC Richmond, but struggles to adapt to a sport he has no experience of.
3. For All Mankind
Rotten Tomatoes score – 73%
For All Mankind takes viewers into a parallel world – exploring how the famous USA v Russia space race would have looked if it had continued beyond the 1970s.
In response to Russia’s winning efforts – Nasa decides to progress its own space programme and hires more women and people from minority backgrounds.
Rotten Tomatoes score – 87%
Dickinson is an American comedy staring Hailee Steinfeld.
Hailee, who starred in Pitch Perfect 2, plays the famous poet Emily Dickinson.
Like Netflix’s hit Bridgerton – Dickinson is definitely not historically “bullet-proof” – but it succeeds in entertainment.
5. Home Before Dark
Rotten Tomatoes score – 80%
Home Before Dark tells the real-life story of a Hilde Lysiak – a young teenager aspiring to be a journalist.
Played by Brooklynn Prince, Hilde becomes involved in a serious murder case way beyond her years.