Will the New Apple TV 5 Do This?
The last time we saw a new Apple TV that offered any significant hardware updates was in 2015. This is when Apple replaced their Apple TV 3 with a new Apple TV 4 which added a dual-core A8 chip that still only supports 1080p HD. While software updates and extra channels have been added since, it's been quite a while now since we have seen any new hardware updates to what once was one of the most popular media streamers in the world.
Apple TV Overtaken by Current Media StreamersWhile media streaming hardware may not advance as quickly as computers or cell phones. Apple has not updated their popular media streaming platform the Apple TV since September 2015.
Maybe the Apple TV was just a hobby to Apple, something to mess around with for fun. While Apple may have never taken the Apple TV to seriously. It's pretty obvious that many consumers feel differently and still really love the Apple TV platform.
This really may not matter to the Apple faithful who just want to access their iTunes content. It does matter to many new customers who are looking for the best value for their money and currently other 4K faster streamers are becoming more popular and cost less.
Apple TV 4
Watch the video above for an excellent review on what it the new Apple TV 4 has to offer.
More Apps On the Apple TV Platform
The app list on the Apple TV keep growing, although nowhere nearly as fast as Roku. Amazon is still not available on an Apple TV although if you use this trick you can Air Cast your Amazon videos to your Apple TV using your web browser from a iPad or iPhone.
Showtime Anytime is a popular app that requires a valid subscription from one of the following Cable or Satellite TV providers: Comcast Xfinity, Cox, DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse, Verizon FiOS, Optimum and Bright House Networks or Time Warner Cable.
These apps take their place next to other recent apps like ACC Sports, NFL Now and WWE Network which is a good indication that Apple still has plans for the Apple TV and still has a few tricks up their sleeves.
Wish List for a New Apple TV 5
Voice Search Across Multiple Streaming Services.
Please don't be lame and provide us with a crippled search app that only searches iTunes. Instead make it search every popular streaming site out today. No matter if you have iTunes, Amazon, HuluPlus, VUDU, or Netflix it will find a TV show or Movie by Actor, Director or Title just by saying the name.
Full Access to iTunes Apps and Games
If Google Play can do this with their Android Platform, Apple should be able to do this as well. Just put iOS on it and let users use the device for more than a media streamer. Apple would have an entire new platform to sell even more Apps, Games, along with their iTunes Movies and TV shows.
Consumers have a need for speed. Well we crave it even if we don't need it. Make the new Apple TV faster than any media streamer currently available. Even if for just a short while it will give Apple bragging rights over Roku, Android and Amazon's Fire TV.
Backlit Gaming Remote
Since most of us like to watch TV with the lights out, a backlit remote would make life so much more pleasant. Including a small game pad integrated into the remote while still keeping it sleek and easy to use would be a bonus.
Could you imagine firing up a new Apple TV 5 and seeing a XBMC/KODI App? Apple would never ever do that, or would they? Think of all the Apple haters that would suddenly be looking at an Apple TV in an entirely new way.
Adding Bluetooth would give the Apple TV access to 3rd party gaming controllers, keyboards and mice.
Ultra HD is becoming much more common, adding 4K support to the new fifth generation Apple TV would help make it more future proof. Plus Apple would then not need to upgrade their media streamer for another two and a half years.
Fast WiFi and Ethernet
Add support for the fastest WiFi 802.11ac and still keep the Ethernet port. Some of us still like to use Ethernet cables for the fasted speed and better streaming with less buffering. By offering both Ethernet and fast AC WiFi on the new Apple TV it will continue to cover all the bases.
If a new Apple TV 5 even has just a few of these features, it would create quite a stir and breathe excitement into the streaming revolution.
In the meantime, we still have our favorite Roku Ultra, plus blazing fast Android Streamers and Fire TV to keep us occupied streaming our favorite TV Shows and Movies. All the while we secretly hope Apple would release a new Apple TV 5 already. For now are content with our Roku and it's 4500+ Roku Channels.