The New AppleTV: Now with 1080p!

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While the new iPad may have been the star of Apple’s event in San Francisco on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Apple had another surprise product refresh for us, the new AppleTV. Considered more of an upgrade of the previous AppleTV than a completely redesigned model, it still improves on its predecessor in every way possible.

The most notable change is the support for full HD 1080p content. Finally, you can take advantage of that expensive HDTV! Enjoy your favorite videos in crystal clear 1920 x 1080 resolution.

This also means that many TV shows and movies on iTunes will now be available in 1080p as well.  Now with iCloud support for TV programs and movies, all videos purchased from iTunes can be played on the new AppleTV as well as your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac and even PC computers.

Of course, photos are also supported in iCloud, and can be pushed to all your Apple devices wirelessly. With Photo Stream in iCloud, the most recent 1,000 photos automatically appear on all Apple devices, including the new AppleTV, so you’ll be able to enjoy viewing them on your large HDTV screen.

You can’t forget about music when it comes to Apple products and this new AppleTV is no exception. With iTunes Match ($24.99 a year), you can access your entire music collection from iCloud, even the songs you’ve imported from CDs (remember those?), right on the new AppleTV. If you’re an iTunes Match subscriber, it will scan all the songs in your iTunes library to those available in the iTunes store. Matched songs are instantly added to iCloud, without the need to upload, while more obscure titles are uploaded from your computer to iCloud.

AirPlay is back, now with support for the newly announced iPad! All your favorite features make a return. You can stream music, photos and videos directly from your iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch from your favorite iOS apps, such as Photos, Videos, Music, Safari, YouTube and more. Just look for the AirPlay icon, which should appear automatically when your i-device is near your new AppleTV.

Mirroring makes its return as well. You can show exactly what’s on your new iPad or iPhone 4S on your HDTV using your new AppleTV. Show the home screen, Web pages, games, photos, videos and more with ease. Also, certain iOS games support dual-screen gaming so you can view two different images for the same game. For instance, for a racing game, you’ll see the car and track on your HDTV and the speedometer on your new iPad or iPhone 4S.

The user interface on the new AppleTV has undergone a well-deserved redesigned. Simplified, splashed with new color and the addition of several new third-party apps, the new user interface is not quite in the iOS family, but it seems to be slowly inching its way in that direction.

Your favorite apps make their triumphant return on the new AppleTV. Play funny videos you discover on YouTube and Vimeo. Browse your friends' Flickr photos. Sports fanatics will love the new AppleTV with the NBA, MLB and NHL apps. Cheer for your favorite sports team without missing a game.

New to the AppleTV is the Wall Street Journal Live app. Stay up-to-date on the latest in business, financial and international news. Listen to expert insight on the current market and economy as well as how it will affect your current investments. Don’t have time to read and listen to all the news? Watch summaries of leading and breaking news stories, 24/7.

The new AppleTV retains the form factor of its previous generation, which is useful since it won’t take up valuable space around your HDTV. It has an HDMI port, a 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet RJ-45 jack and an optical audio port. The new AppleTV also supports 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity.

There is also one other thing the new AppleTV keeps from its predecessor… the price. That’s right. The new AppleTV will be $99, starting March 16, 2012. Now you can enjoy full HD 1080p content, iCloud support, AirPlay and your favorite third-party apps with enough money left for the new iPad!

Resolution 1920 x 1080 (max)
Processor Apple A5 chip (single-core) 
Ports 1 x HDMI, 1 x 10/100Mbps Fast Ethernet RJ-45, 1 x Optical audio, 1 x Micro USB (for service and support)
Interface Built-in IR Receiver
Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi
Power Built-in 6W universal power supply
System Requirements 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi network for wireless Internet connection or 10/100BASE-T Ethernet network for wired connection - iTunes Store account for buying or renting movies and buying TV shows - Netflix account for streaming Netflix content - For streaming media from Mac or PC: iTunes 10.6 or later; iTunes Store account for Home Sharing - MLB.TV subscription required to watch live and archived games - NBA.com League Pass Broadband subscription required to watch live and archived games - NHL GameCenter Live subscription required to watch live and archived games
Supported Video Formats H.264 video up to 1080p; 30 frames per second; High or Main Profile level 4.0 or lower; Baseline profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel; 48 kHz; stereo audio in .m4v; .mp4 and .mov file formats - MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps; 640 by 480 pixels; 30 frames per second; Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps; 48 kHz; stereo audio in .m4v; .mp4, and .mov file formats - Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps; 1280 by 720 pixels; 30 frames per second; audio in ulaw; PCM stereo audio in .avi file format
Supported Audio Formats HE-AAC (V1), AAC (16 to 320 Kbps), protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through
Supported Photo Formats JPEG, GIF, TIFF
TV Compatibility Compatible with HDTVs with HDMI ports and capable of 1080p or 720p at 60/50 Hz
Dimensions 3.9 x 0.9 x 3.9" / 9.8 x 2.3 x 9.8 cm
Weight 0.6 lb / 0.3 kg

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