The dust has now settled after Apple’s event in San Francisco that announced the New iPad to the world, but before all that the company revealed the 2012 Apple TV that brings 1080p content to the device for the first time.
One of the major changes to the new model is the completely redesigned interface that uses iOS type buttons that can be found on the home screen underneath the thumbnail images, which as Macworld are reporting highlight options such as movies and TV shows.
Users will also find easier access to third party offerings such as Netflix, Vimeo, and other services, and the good news is that current Apple TV owners will be able to get the new interface as a free software upgrade, and Netflix will also be providing 1080p video content for the device.
Another welcome feature will be the support for 1080p content as the device only had support for 720p HD video via the iTunes Store. Apple’s little hobby will now be able to playback 1080p video content sold by the company, and users will be able to re-download movies that are purchased to any of their devices as previously it was restricted to TV shows.
Apple’s Genius functionality is also going to be integrated to the Apple TV to recommend movies linked to your viewing habits. The device looks exactly the same as the older version but now uses the A5 processor compared to the A4 used previously.
The new unit will be available the same day as the iPad 3 is released on March 16th and will be priced at $99 for US customers, while consumers in the UK will have to pay £120.