Apple TV second and third generation supports airplay, which is considered to be the key feature for streaming videos from iOS devices without the help of component cables and also supports 1080p HD playback. The new Apple TV requires an internet connection for streaming videos and playing songs through streaming. The new Apple TV includes Youtube, Netflix, huluplus, MLB, NBA, NHL and WSJ as well for watching new movies, Hollywood blockbusters, most watched Hollywood series, games etc; with the advantage of real-time watching experience in addition to information on the international markets and financial news by experts in your living room.
The second generation is the first to have operating system based on the version of iOS. The application developers also designed iOS jailbreak to install additional apps for the fullest utilization of Apple TV. The third generation was released in the year 2012 and jailbreak for the iOS is not available in the market as of now. The basic differences between Apple TV second and third generation is the processor which is Apple A4 in second generation and Apple A5 in the third generation, memory has also been increased from 256 MB to 512 MB in the third generation.
As a major feature, you can also spend quality time with your family, watching the latest movies that are released the day before in theatres, hot English series the next day with your family without interruption. Your kids can play their favorite games by taking control in their iPod, iPad or iPhone through airplay. The two way screen also helps you to get a real-time effect while playing games.
The sleek new Apple TV is small in size but big on entertainment. Rent from the largest selection of HD movies or rent TV shows in HD, commercial free. Stream directly from the huge catalog of Netflix titles. Watch your favorite YouTube videos. And enjoy music and photos from your home computer on your home theatre system. All you need is a single HDMI cable to set it up. This little device syncs your whole itunes library as well as iphoto. Watch slide shows of your photo album, listen to all of your music and watch movies too! Amazing device. Watching youtube on my TV through this device is a treat. Couldn't really see any other use. Setup is easy
On the other hand, the main limitations of Apple TV are they don't have TV tuners; we have to connect to internet or itunes for playing songs or HD movies from the other devices such as iPad, iPod or iPhone through airplay. The movies we search will be played if it is only available in itunes store or else the search will not be fruitful. The movies rented out on Apple TV by itunes can be only watched on Apple TV and not in the other sources (like iPod, iPad, iPhone etc) even through airplay. While watching movies or playing games in Apple TV through airplay, all the devices can be synchronized.
featuring ultra-fast Wireless-N Wi-Fi networking (as well as a wired Ethernet connection) and an internal power supply, and the Apple TV offers silent, cool, very low power operation in an enclosure that's less than four inches square--80 percent smaller than the previous generation. Control the Apple TV using the included seven-button aluminum Apple Remote, or use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and the Remote app--a free download from the iTunes App Store.