Apple TV Express bi lahko priključil, vklopil in prinesel karkoli iz vašega iPhone-a, iPada ali Mac-a na televizor.
Nintendo Switch lets you game like a console in your living room, then pick up and take your gaming on the go. Instead of an Apple TV — or NES! — box, it's more like an iPad that can dock to your TV for room-filling fun. Google's Chromecast achieves something similar but in an entirely different way: through a dongle rather than a dock. There's a lot to recommend Apple TV's dedicated device approach, including separate local storage, but what if we could have the best of both?
Earlier this year I was traveling to do training for some of our new writers. In one of the offices, we had two last-generation Apple TVs attached to two big screens on opposite sides of the building. They were used as inexpensive and convenient conduits for AirPlay — Apple's wireless content beaming system — so we could quickly share what was on our Macs, iPads, and iPhones, with everyone in the room.
When I travel to San Francisco I often stay at a hotel that has previous generation Apple TVs attached to every television set as well. That way, once you're on the hotel network, you're just a few steps away from AirPlaying any of your stuff to the big screen in front of you. Rather than having to learn a new channel grid or suffer through yet another terrible set top box experience, you get content that's yours through an interface you're already familiar with.
But those are both exceptions. I'd love a rule.
The Play's the thing
Kot CarPlay, which lets your device and content take over the interface of the car — and eliminates the confusion historically associated with everything from upgrades to rentals — AirPlay does much the same anywhere there's a television. It's so great that, when I end up in an office or hotel room without an Apple TV, I miss it tremendously. Sure, I could pick up an extra Apple TV box, previous or current generation, and make sure I have it with me at all times, but that feels like overkill. I don't really need a box, Siri, or apps for that. I simply need AirPlay.
I need it enough that it makes me long for something like Google's Chromecast dongle — a tiny device that plugs into an HDTV and then simply lets me stream from my iPhone, iPad, or Mac to the big screen. There's even a new Chromecast Ultra that support 4K — which will be great when more providers and better bandwidth make it a reality for most people.
Apple bi lahko šel tako daleč, da bi ustvaril osnovno izkušnjo Apple TV v iOS 11, kjer logika ostane na iPad-u ali iPhone-u, vendar vmesnik in vsebina projicirajo na vaš televizor skozi majhno napravo. To bi bilo kot izvirnik Apple Watch. It could allow for a level of multitasking and handoff — where streams are transferred over rather than merely streamed — but it could also add overhead and result in a less than ideal experience.
If so, the interface and management, such as it is, could stay on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, and the video simply stream to the stick — AirPlay Express or Apple TV Express, let's call it. (Not Apple TV Shuffle!)
It would be great for offices where all that's wanted is screen mirroring, great for travelers who want the smallest amount of hardware possible in their pockets or luggage — great for anyone who just wants what's in their hands to be up on their TV. And, like CarPlay, it would make hardware updates less of a concern — every time iOS is updated, Apple TV Express would be updated as well.
Soba na dnu
Apple ima Airport Extreme in cenejši Airport Express. Trenutna TV-ja Apple je do nedavnega na prejšnji Apple TV dopolnila nizko raven. Sedaj, ko je stara Apple TV odšla, je lahko pretočna palica odlična alternativa: Full TV na Apple TV za tiste, ki želijo namensko škatlo in prihodnost televizije v aplikacijah, in Apple TV Express za tiste, ki preprosto želijo projektirati vsebino na zaslonu sedaj.
There's any number of reasons why Apple would never make a TV streaming stick. But every time I think about it, I wish they would.
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