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Apple set to revolutionize TV?

india Updated: Oct 25, 2010 19:04 IST

When Apple TV was launched four years ago, it bombed – but this autumn, with YouView, the British internet TV box just round the corner – Apple has one more shot. The new Apple TV is tiny - not much bigger than iPhone - and costs just 99 pounds. Its exterior temperature is also far less alarming.

The hard drive has been stripped out. To use, it's as simple as a set-top box, with Internet radio, films and your home PC video libraries popping up from a single menu. You just rent, picking from an excellent library of films for 3.49 pounds a go, reports the Daily Mail. You can also watch YouTube, although typing via a remote is an unbearable fiddle that leaves co-viewers fidgeting.

AppleWhatever you're watching, though, is colourful and clear - although it's 720p, not Full HD. Rival film-rental services offered by games consoles largely offer "male interest" films - i.e., packed with aliens and explosions. Apple TV is refreshingly unisex. And it's far better controlling it using an iPhone app than the finicky metal remote.