Apple TV: The ultimate guide
There were two parts to Steve Jobs' 2007 keynote. The first was iPhone. The second, Apple TV. Previously teased as iTV, back then it was a Mac-based, hard drive-equipped, iTunes sync box. Novel, but hardly the future. In 2010, Apple rebooted the TV. Basing it on iOS, it went all-flash storage and all-streaming, all the time,. 2012 brought 1080p and then... nothing. For. Three. Long. Years. Finally, in 2015, Apple rebooted the TV again. Then, just two years later, Apple unleashed the Apple TV 4K, featuring 4K, HDR, and Dolby Vision support.
There are currently two Apple TV models available, with the Apple TV 4K available in both 32GB and 64GB configurations.
Our recommendation: The Best Apple TV is the 32 GB model Apple TV 4K
Buying your Apple TV
HD or 4K? 32GB or 64GB? These are the sorts of questions you need to ask yourself when you buy an Apple TV these days. And while you only need to decide a few things when getting an Apple TV, they are important questions to answer.
Using your Apple TV
Apple TV seems simple. You buy it. You plug one end into the wall socket, the other end into your HDTV, and you're good to you. In theory. In reality, there's a bunch of settings you can tweak to make sure everything from the interface color to the streaming size is just to your liking, and several built-in apps like TV and Apple Music you're going to wnat to get to know really well.
- How to set up and get started with your Apple TV
- How to use the Siri Remote for Apple TV
- Common Apple TV problems and how to fix them
Going beyond Apple TV
The box is just the beginning. The ultimate accessory for any Apple TV might be a gamepad. Or it might be a whole new, whole bigger screen. Then there are the apps. So. Many. Apps. To get the most out of your Apple TV, you're going to want to trick it out. And trick it out right!
- Best apps for Apple TV
- Best games for Apple TV
- Best local multiplayer games for Apple TV
- Best Sports Games for Apple TV
- Best Apple TV games for controllers
- Best Apple TV Gaming Controllers
- Best accessories for Apple TV
tvOS 13 introduced Control Center to the Apple TV. Much like on iPhone and iPad, Control Center on Apple TV offers easy access to various controls, from switching audio sources to jumping quickly between users that have logged in to the Apple TV.
- How to activate Control Center on Apple TV
- How to switch users with Control Center on Apple TV
- How to put your Apple TV to sleep with Control Center
- How to change your Apple TV's audio output using Control Center
- How to search your Apple TV using Control Center
How to set up multiple accounts on your Apple TV
tvOS is currently the only iOS variant that supports having multiple users logged into the device at once. tvOS 13 even added the Control Center which, apart from other functions, allows you to quickly switch between users on Apple TV.
- How to add multiple accounts to Apple TV
- How to switch between multiple accounts on Apple TV
- How to use Control Center to switch between users on tvOS 13
Apple TV help and discussion
If you have any questions or need any help with your Apple TV, jump into our forums:
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○ Apple TV users guide
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.