Everything you need to know about the Apple TV!
Version 3.2, updated November 5, 2021
Whether you're considering an Apple TV, already own one, or have a smart TV or streaming device that supports AirPlay and/or the Apple TV app, you can more fully enjoy Apple’s ecosystem with this ultimate guide by TidBITS managing editor Josh Centers. You'll learn about the best TVs and sound equipment to buy, how to maximize your Apple TV's picture quality, get the most out of the Apple TV app, control your media with AirPlay, and so much more!
Josh walks you through cables, ports, and setup, and explains how to use gestures and spoken commands with the Siri Remote—yes, you can talk to your TV! He helps you navigate and customize the Home screen, plus describes getting-started settings such as inputting your Apple ID and enabling parental controls.
You'll learn how to use the TV app (whether on the Apple TV box itself, on a Mac running Catalina or Big Sur, on an iPhone or iPad, or on a third-party smart TV), and how you can best view home movies and TV shows. The book also looks at using an Apple TV to listen to your music or Apple Music, download and play podcasts from Music or iTunes, and browse your photos.
In Take Control of Apple TV you'll also read about:
• What's new in tvOS 14
• Which Apple TV model to buy—or whether you should get different hardware instead
• Getting the most out of your the Siri Remote
• Alternatives to the Siri Remote
• Using a game controller with Apple TV
• Controlling Apple TV with Shortcuts
• Using AirPlay to beam the display of your Mac or iPhone screen to your TV
• Making Mac or iOS/iPadOS audio play through your TV’s speakers
• Running iTunes Home Sharing to play media from a local computer
• What you can do with Conference Room Display mode
• How to tell whether an iOS/iPadOS app includes a free copy of its Apple TV version
• How to reset or restore an Apple TV—useful for troubleshooting or for handing your device to a new owner
Compatibility? This book covers the fourth-generation Apple TV (now called Apple TV HD) and the newer Apple TV 4K model. It does not cover earlier generations of Apple TV hardware.