Steve Jobs has announced the new Apple TV at MacWorld in San Francisco. Here are the keypoints:
â€¢ No computer required. You can rent movies direct from the Apple TV through the new iTunes rentals.
â€¢ You can watch and listen to video and audio podcasts directly through the interface.
â€¢ You can few photos from Flickr and .Mac
â€¢ DVD and High-Def available.
â€¢ Music can also be purchased direct to the Apple TV.
â€¢ Same features for synching as available previously, including synching content purchased on the Apple TV.
â€¢ * It is a FREE SOFTWARE update for the existing Apple TV! *
â€¢ This free update will be available in 2 weeks
A few details about the iTunes rentals:
â€¢ All major studios on board!
â€¢ Titles will be available at 30 days after the DVD release
â€¢ Over 1000 titles.
â€¢ Library titles will be $2.99.
â€¢ New titles will be $3.99.
â€¢ HD titles will be $3.99.
â€¢ You can order then you have 30 days to start watching
â€¢ Once started you have 24 hours to complete viewing the movie.
Steve Jobs showed a demo on stage of ordering a movie on stage. It started playing pretty much right away, and looked very impressive.
A price drop for the Apple TV entry model was also announced, from $299 to $229.
This should hopefully give the Apple TV a big boost and bring in into the ‘mainstream’ of Apple’s products. However, a question we will have to wait to be answered is whether this software update will in anyway disable current hacks.
We’ll have more details as they become available…