It's no exaggeration to say that Apple TV is the best we've ever connected to our TV. Perhaps it would be an exaggeration if we had also used the same time with Roku or Amazon Fire-sticks, but we do not suspect.
Apple TV will get a significant software update next month with the new tvOS and features We look forward to, for example, easier loading of app passwords.
Even before this is already the box we automatically turn to when we want to see something. It definitely includes watching iTunes purchases or rentals, but it's just as easy to swap instead of video streaming from our Macs with Plex. Then there is live tv plus untold box set of series from our TV provider. In addition, YouTube and Vimeo are in the living room.
And so is Netflix too.
However, there is a hint, and it is about Netflix and the TV app.
Sideline TV App
It hurts us to say this because all other tips will be positive, but our first is not. Really, Apple TV is a treat, but for us, the treatment is getting the TV app out of our way. This is the confusing app that Apple wants you to live in when you turn on Apple TV. It's Apple's Apple TV app.
Since 2015's fourth generation Apple TV, even if you want to watch movies, Apple would have you this TV app because it's supposed to be the only place you go to see everything. The company is so keen that it has made the TV app the standard. Whatever you see when you tap Home on the remote control, you do not go home, you go to the TV app.
Apart from that, we mean that we always have to press the menu button to get out of the TV app and go to the home screen itself. It's a common occurrence because this one-stop store that contains everything you can see through Apple TV does not include Netflix.
Netflix is on Apple TV, but it's not in this TV app: you have to start your own.
So when you're in the TV app and it shows you recommendations for things to look at, there are some design issues. For one thing, we've got it to recommend the next episode of a series, but incorrectly recommend the previous instead.
You usually can not tell if a recommendation is for anything you have in your library that is included in an existing subscription or will cost you extra.
Still, when Apple releases its upcoming TV series, you can bet that they will all appear in the TV app. It would also be best if they did. Current offers such as 808 music documents or Carpool Karaoke are, for example, buried in iTunes and Apple Music, so that a more prominent and easy to find place would be great. 19659003] Even then, we do not want the TV app to replace the home screen. Then go to Settings then select Removes and Devices .
The other option is down Home Button and it's a change. Click it to switch between the TV app and home screen.
That's what you're done. It is a short solution for great irritation, but better that way than the other.
While we reject the TV app from our thoughts, you can also move it out of the way. Exactly as you can move apps around the iPhone and iPad, so you can on Apple TV.
To move an app, click and hold it until it starts to twist. Unlike iOS, only one app wiggles. Swipe over the top of your remote control, and move that app along or down the screen, and slide aside anything else there. Click when it reaches where you want it to be and that's where it goes.
You can also create folders of apps. In theory you make an app wiggle, then drag it over another and click. It should create a folder just like it would on iOS, but in practice we just can not seem to find the right place.
There is an alternative, though. The moment your current selected app starts to twist, you'll also see a warning that you can press the Play / Pause button for more options. That line goes away very fast, but if you press that button while on the screen, you get these options, and they include creating a new folder.
Moving apps and creating folders is about clicking and swiping the remote control, but you can do more. Of course, you can choose things to look at and then get back to the menu, but the remote can do several other things.
Perhaps, first and foremost, it may get lost on you so very, very easily. Plus if you've never picked it up and unconsciously held the wrong way, you're lying.
When you lose it, things are so small that it's hard to find. Until you sit on it again, you can use your iPhone in place.
The fastest way is to sweep up from the bottom of the iPhone screen to display Control Center. By default, there is an Apple TV icon there and you tap what opens the Remote app.
Then you need to find Apple TV, but when it has, you have a fully functional remote control where you are on the phone. It's even better than the usual remote control because you can enter text when you search on Apple TV for something.
This works even if you have not installed the Remote app. But if you are going to give up for your actual remote control, make sure the app is installed. It is faster to get into the control center, but it will turn off after a few moments of inactivity.
In addition to the hardware the remote control has some additional system features. It can instantly put your Apple TV to sleep, for example. It's convenient because otherwise the minimum period before it goes to sleep in itself will be 15 minutes.
Press and hold the Home button for a few seconds. Your Apple TV will ask if you want to put it in place now.
Or if something is wrong and you want to start the entire Apple TV, you can press and hold both Home and Menu buttons together. Again, it takes a few seconds, but then the box will start over again.
We have started on our Apple TV this way, on the rare occasion that it was frozen or something was not connected via Bluetooth. It is really so rare that we struggle to remember. Unfortunately, we have nothing to remember when apps go wrong.
It's not that this is very common either, but there are apps that seem more likely to freeze than others. It would not be fair to put one out when we can not find a reason or prove that there is no strange combination of apps so we do not want to mention YouTube.
When an Apple TV app goes wrong, press the Home button twice. This actually launches app switcher and it is usually meant to quickly go to another Apple TV app.
Instead of going back to the menu and selecting another app, press the Home button twice and then swipe left and right between all your open apps.
Swipe to the one that causes trouble, but, and you can also sweep upwards to kill it. It's ridiculously satisfactory, as if you turn a hidden app from the screen.
Then tap Home again and you're back on the main Apple TV screen. Then you can find the YouTube app and restart it.
While doing all this tapping on the remote control, try clicking the menu button three times. This starts to sound like alchemy, but what's achieved is that Apple TV goes straight from what you see on one of its screensavers.
It seems like a screensaver, but these are beautiful.
One thing about launch
By default, Apple TV displays a grid of apps on a dark background, but you can change it to a light.
It's mainly a matter of taste, but for us it's the light that looks better or at least does it during the daytime. At night, when you get there after a brutal movie noir movie, it can be dazzling.
Instead of choosing between dark and light, you can tell Apple TV to choose for you, depending on the time of day. As MacOS Mojave wants to do on Mac, Apple TV already has.
Go to Settings General Appearance and select Light, Dark or Automatic.
It's a Siri button on the Apple TV remote, and while it's limited, compared to Siri on iPhone, it's still addictive useful.
Press and hold the Siri button. Then you can say something like "Show me thrillers", and Apple TV will introduce you to a list that matches. The list comes from iTunes, usually, but it will match.
You must hit the genres it expects, so you can not, for example, ask you to show you "time trips".
However, you can ask the rather detailed question like "Who are stars in this?" If you ask that while a video is playing, Apple TV will display a panel showing the main game.
Or our absolute favorite when we watch a movie with really bad sound is to ask, "What did she just say?" Apple TV always spools the video for a few seconds, so you can take it back.
It's a bit inconsistent and depends on the source of what you're looking at. If you try it on YouTube, you'll only get a notification that it does not work at all. On the other hand, if you try it on a movie or TV show you purchased from iTunes, it seems even better.
As well as rewind for a few seconds, it temporarily punches text so you can read what you missed.
None of this is something you should do if the whole family is together and engrossed, but when you are alone, it's so useful.
Also on your own
Also when you are alone, you can sneak peek at how much longer this show will last.
Just touch the touchpad at the top of the remote control, and in almost all the apps that play video, you get a timeline. It will show you how far you have through it and how long the whole show is. If you are close enough to the end that the current time can not be displayed nicely, you will only get the end time, but it is a marker that shows your progress.
If you waited for a moment, the timeline would go away. Instead, you'll see on the trackpad again. Now, the same timeline changes to show you the current time and also when the time will end.
There are exceptions. If you guessed YouTube, you're right.
It's another great thing about an Apple TV-you can take it away with you. We seriously do not recommend going out with it and leaving your family with nothing to look at. But it is portable.
Say you have a little old Apple TV and you're tempted to upgrade to the latest Apple TV 4K.
Enjoy the new hardware, but hold the old device and pack it with your travel bag.
You can present it or you can connect it to hotel televisions. If it's good enough WiFi, you have all your usual Apple TV services with you.
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