What is Apple TV?

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What is Apple TV?

Simply put, Apple TV is a digital media player. Apple TV is a small device that uses a cable to connect to your television.

You can use Apple TV to steam movies, TV shows, news, sport, music, photos and other files from your Apple device to any high-definition TV with HDMI.

As well as being able to access your personal media through iTunes you can access content from MLB.TV, NBA.com, NHL GameCenter, Australian Cricket, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and a host of other channels.

Like your other Apple devices, Apple TV is easy to set up and use.

Apple TV works with all your other Apple devices. Your Apple TV will pick up your iPhone, iPod, iPad, or Mac if it is in range. You can also use a PC running iTunes to stream content from your library on to your TV. Once your Apple TV is setup you can login to your Apple account to access any content previously purchased through iTunes. Unfortunately you cannot access any content that is saved outside of your iTunes library.

Apple TV is great for sharing things like photos, home videos or custom playlists. So rather than have lots of people cramming around an iPhone to see your holiday snaps, Apple TV allows you to see them all on the big screen. To get Apple TV working you will have to be connected to your home wifi network.

AppleTV has many great features here are just 3:

  • Apple TV has Family Sharing. This makes it easier for the whole family to share content
  • Apple TV is great to use with AirPlay. AirPlay allows you to mirror what is on your device and see a duplicate image on your TV screen. This makes it great for playing games, displaying emails, text messages or showing presentations.
  • By downloading an Apple TV remote app you can also control Apple TV through your iPhone or iPad. This is most helpful when searching for content. Rather than navigating the keyboard on the TV with your remote you can simply type what you are looking for into your Apple device.

Via: Lenovo, Mac WorldAboutTech, Apple, Business Insider

What is Apple’s Family Sharing?

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What is Apple’s Family Sharing? It allows up to six people to share music, books, movies, tv shows and apps purchased through Apple.


The good thing is that “Family” is a loose term. All that is required is that the six people invited into the group have an Apple ID in the same country.


To get started one adult family member invites up to 5 additional members. Kids under 13 can be members too with Apple allowing adults to create Apple ID’s for them. The adult who sends the invitation is deemed the organiser. They agree to pay for all iTunes, iBook and App store purchases.


Once setup, all Apple purchases ever made by all members are available to everyone else. Any subsequent purchases appear in the purchased tab.


The good thing is that purchases made by one person don’t automatically download to every member’s device. You can browse another family members collection and then download the content of your choice. Privacy issues have been taken into account as well. Want to keep that Taylor Swift song you downloaded as your guilty pleasure? You can choose to keep individual purchases private.


That doesn’t mean that people can download anything at will. The organiser can elect to turn on “Ask to Buy” for children in the family. This will mean that every time a child makes a purchase the organiser will receive an alert. They can then choose to approve or decline the request. This feature applies whether the content costs money or is free to download.


Another feature of Family Sharing is a family photo album that is set up on every member’s devices. Photos that are placed in the album are viewable and can be commented on by all members. A notification is sent when something new is added.


Family Sharing also creates a family calendar. This is a great tool to ensure no appointment is ever missed. Viewable by every member, you can create or change events. Alerts are sent when changes are made.


Want to know the location of another family member? Perhaps you are all meeting at a restaurant for dinner and want to see how far away someone is. There is an option to share your location with other family members.


Not only does Family Sharing allow you to know the location of other family members but also any lost devices. Other family member’s can see each others devices using the Find My iPhone app.


Now that you’ve seen the features are you keen to set up Family Sharing?


To set it up your device needs to be running iOS8. You also need an Apple account with a linked credit card. If you have these two things then you also need the email addresses of those you want to invite.


Once a family member joins, Family Sharing and its features are automatically set up on everyone’s Apple devices.


Via: Apple; PC Mag; 9to5 Mac; Yahoo