Everything you need to know about the Apple TV, the best way to get iTunes, Netflix, HBO, and anything from your Mac, iPhone, and iPad onto your big screen TV!
Apple previewed the first generation Apple TV (referred to as iTV) in September of 2006, and again in January of 2007 alongside the original iPhone. Based on a stripped-down version of OS X Tiger and featuring a 40-160GB hard drive, it served only to sync the stuff from iTunes on your computer to your TV. In September of 2010, Apple launched an all-new, second generation Apple TV. Based on iOS, it went from big to small, and from syncing to streaming. It also maxed out at 720p. At least until March 2012 when Apple introduced the current, third-generation Apple TV.
Rumors persist that Apple has a fourth generation Apple TV, though features remain unclear. 4K (2160p) isn't ready for primetime yet,and the Apple TV SDK — which might bring games and entertainment apps to the platform — is still sitting on bricks in the Apple parking lot. As for a full-on Apple television, that market remains as low-margin and factionalized as ever.