Is the Apple TV affordable? Maybe, but the HDMI cable isn’t

The Apple TV has been late to the party and not particularly bold or agressive in the new concept. It brings a new Wiimote remote with Alexa Siri support and a dedicated OS whis is no more than an iOS fork (Apple is obsessed with platforms differentiation).

The hardware -with an Apple A8 inside- is much more powerful and ready to let users enjoy the apps and games suited for this device. Which will have to be specifically developed for the new Apple TV, of course.

It’s available now and it will ship on October 30th, but beware: the HDMI cable is not included. If you want the official one (1.8m), that will be $19. Or you can buy the $5.49 cable (2m) from Amazon. Or the AIM High Performance FLAT Cable FLE2-02 (2m) for $545. Anyone will give you the same exact quality and the same exact features.

You decide.

Source: The new Apple TV is now available to order from the Apple Online Store, first units ship October 30th

Amazon banning Chromecast, Apple TV: my country, my rules

 

Amazon.com Inc. will stop selling media-streaming devices from Google Inc. and Apple Inc. that aren’t easily compatible with its video service, the latest example of the company using its clout to promote products that fit with its own retailing strategy.

It’s unfair for users that take advantage of Amazon great service, but it’s a logical decision from a business point of view.

The move, coming just before the year-end holiday shopping season, shows how Amazon is willing to sacrifice sales of popular brand name products — Apple and Google have the best-selling media streaming devices generally — to bolster its own video-streaming service

The explanation is weak, yes -Chromecast and Apple TV aren’t “easily compatible with its video service- but at the end what matters is trying to get traction in this segment. Helping competitors to get their content instead of yours is silly.

I’d have done the same exact thing.

Source: Amazon to Ban Sale of Apple, Google Video-Streaming Devices – Bloomberg Business

Apple TV shows again that control gluttony problem

One developer has found out that Apple TV games all must work with the remote, they can’t require an MFi controller at all. This is according to Apple guidelines in the App Programming Guide for tvOS, which states that “Your game must support the Apple TV remote. Your game may not require

I really don’t understand Apple’s stance on this. The remote is for sure a good way to control some games, but even the Nintendo Wii was smart enough to mix a traditional a joypad with buttons on its Wiimote.

The gluttony for control can be not only counterintuitive. In this case it’s also wrong. Apple, you’re closing the door to games that can’t be enjoyed properly with your remote. Let’s hope you step back.

Source: Apple TV Games Must be Playable with the Remote | TouchArcade