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Apple TV: SD TV, drive upgrade, AR issues

updated 02:00 pm EDT, Sat March 24, 2007

Apple TV reports continue

Apple's new set-top device has brought a plethora of new reports on Apple TV, with some interesting new features and hacks revealed on the internet. In addition to modifying the device to run XviD files, users have upgraded the installed hard drive, while one review has posted more detailed photos of a Apple TV dissection.

One Rogue Amoeba developer reports that the device works fine with standard definition televisions (480i standard definition TV) that have component input, countering most of Apple's claims that it requires a widescreen or HDTV.

Movies, TV Shows, and Music are synced first with highest priority (respectively), while Podcasts and Photos are lowest priority, according to Apple. The company has also posted info on pairing and unpairing the Apple Remote with Apple TV (as well as troubleshooting a non-working Apple remote). Users can avoid problems using their Apple TV remote by unpairing it with their Mac: (1) hold remote for the Mac close to the Mac IR sensor and (2) hold down Menu and Next (right arrow) on remote for several seconds until the chain link icon appears.

Many users note that you can't listen to music while surfing other categories and that users cannot manually manage the content on their Apple TV (as with the iPod/iTunes link). Users also note that Apple has restricted the control of Apple TV to the device/interface itself, not allowing users to control/manage streaming music directly from iTunes another another computer. Interesting, Apple TV will prompt whether to resume or restarted partially played video content.

by MacNN Staff



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