Jerome Del Ray wrote:
no thanks, it's media player not a device for checking mail
no thanks, it's a media player, not a device for checking facebook
no thanks, it's a media player, not a device..... you see the trend here yet ?
-- c'mon Apple -- it's a no brainer.
it's a no brainer to keep it as a dedicated media player.
Mr. Jobs stated publicly that there may be room for an app (like) feature on the Apple TV.
Personally I'd have no interest in mail and facebook on the TV, I don't want people hoging the tv for personal drivel, but checking the weather might be useful.
You'll just have to wait and see.
Netflix v iTunes; they are different, iTunes is more up to date, netflix has loads of older stuff, you have them both, they compliment each other, not sure you can ask for more.
I've found the met office app quite reliable.
Unfortunately when you are considering ordering 150 tonnes of concrete for the next day for a warehouse floor and you don't want rain (or even more importantly, frost) to spoil it, I like to do a little more than just look out of the window. Over the years though I've got pretty darn good with just looking out the window, but I still like a second opinion.
Yep I have my mac, my iPhone etc etc, so it's not imperative it's on the tv too, but just saying' it could be useful.
Yet another thread turned into a personal chat room I see.
The "chat" as you call it was entirely ON-TOPIC.
However if you feel it is not appropriate to the thread then feel free to use the "report" button and let the hosts decide.
There's a name for people like you, but i won't use it here as it would be inappropriate. Feel free to email me though (as i don't hide behind an anonymous profile like you do) and i'll happily tell you what the name is.
Jerome. what you and Winston are looking for is called a "Mac Mini".
Not exactly, the Apple tv 2 is just fine, I would just like it to have my iTunes library (that's the library database-not the content) permanently loaded as it was with Apple TV 1 and to observe the nested folders in TV shows and movies that the Apple TV 1 was capable of when listing content.
I don't want to have the expense of 5 mac mini's to replace my Apple tv's, nor do I want my iTunes content under my TV, it would be extremely ugly.
Think of it this way:
The ATV2 is just an interface device to get the media stored on a remote server (NetFlix, iMac, Mac Mini, etc.) connected to your A/V system. It is for those who do NOT want to use their A/V system as a computer's monitor and speakers.
For those who DO want to view the content of their computer's hard drive (and interface with it) there is the Mac Mini. The ATV1 duplicated the Mac Mini somewhat in this respect. Apple had to decide if they wanted their "hobby" product to duplicate (and possible replace) one of their mainstream products. They decided to strip the ATV down to its "essentials", thus lowering the price and physical footprint.
However, who knows what a future ATV will have with iOS and Mac OS on a converging path, SSD prices dropping, etc? You may get your wish, but people need to decide which current offerings fit best now.