Apple TV is a digital media receiver developed by Apple Inc. It is a tiny device that can play user’s favorite content from iTunes, iTunes Store, Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Flickr, iCloud etc. on a widescreen TV. All a user needs is a widescreen TV and an internet connection. Initially Apple TV was released in 2006 and had a 40 GB and 160GB hard disk.
In the year 2010, Apple introduced the second version of Apple TV which was a lot smaller in size and cheaper than the previous version.
This revamped version did not have a hard disk and whole of the content was played from online sources like iTunes or local sources like computers or iOS devices via Airplay. The third version of Apple TV was introduced in 2012 and its main feature was that it could support higher resolution (1080p).
With Apple TV internet content can be displayed to the user’s widescreen TV. There is no need to sync to the iTunes Library. Movies from iTunes directly play over the internet on the widescreen TV. Apple TV is very small in size and can easily fit in the palm of the hand. Apple claims that Apple TV is very energy efficient and when idle, consumes power less than a night-light. Setting up Apple TV is very easy. All the user needs to do is plug in a power supply and connect Apple TV with the widescreen TV using an HDMI cable. Apple TV can be controlled remotely using iPhone, iPad or iPod also. Google TV is one of the competitors to Apple TV.