Another great article from Fortune magazine – it outlines issues people are experiencing with the Apple TV. Apple TV could have been much more than it is, but it has glaring problems and omissions which just make it unusable as part of an entertainment system. This article went so far as to point out some things I wasn’t aware of.
And there are other issues which the article doesn’t mention, but which would break the hearts of home theatre lovers everywhere. For example:
- While Apple TV plugs into HDTV’s, it doesn’t support 1080i or 1080p. Only 720p.
- While Apple TV has an optical audio port, it only supports Dolby ProLogic II by default.
- As the article mentions the Apple TV is best used with iTunes purchased movies. Attempting to play higher quality H.264 on it will result in stuttering video, as the machine is not really powerful enough. By extension, this means that while Apple can upgrade the software capabilities of the device, the machine will never be able to play really high-end content.
- Apple TV neither contains nor supports TV tuners or PVR functionality. You have to use a separate device for these purposes, which lacks sense. The device would be the perfect vehicle for recording TV shows and encoding them for viewing on an iPod later (that is, if it had the horsepower to do so – see the last point).
I hope there will be a second revision of Apple TV which addresses these issues.