Your computer is the center of your digital life. Your TV is the center of your entertainment life. But what if you want to watch movies, TV shows, movie trailers, podcasts, and photos from your computer on your TV? At $299, Apple TV brings iTunes to the big screen.
The revolution will be televised. Say you've just downloaded Cars from iTunes. Instead of huddling around your computer to watch, you pop some popcorn while your computer wirelessly syncs your new flick to Apple TV. Then you pull up a seat, put up your feet, and pick up the included Apple Remote to play your movie on TV. Give yourself a hand: You've just changed the way you watch digital media.
iTunes to Apple TV, wire free. Apple TV connects to your TV via an HDMI port or component video and audio ports. Its built-in, superfast 802.11 wireless capability syncs your iTunes library to any Mac or PC in the house. Best of all, what's on Apple TV stays in sync: Anytime you change your library in iTunes, it changes on Apple TV - wirelessly, automatically.
What?s on TV? Whatever you want. Apple TV puts your iTunes library ? movies, TV shows, music, and podcasts ? plus movie trailers from Apple.com on your TV. And your digital photos from iPhoto on a Mac or Adobe Photoshop Elements or Adobe Album on a Windows PC appear in high definition, so you can put on a stunning big-screen slideshow.
How it works:
Plug-and-play time. Got a widescreen TV? Got iTunes? Then you?re ready for Apple TV. Connect Apple TV to your TV, then open iTunes on your computer. iTunes wirelessly detects Apple TV and walks you through the setup process ? from pairing your computer to setting your iTunes syncing preferences ? step by simple step.
Relax and unwire. If you don?t have a wireless network, you can set one up easily with a wireless access point like the superfast 802.11 AirPort Extreme Base Station. Newer AirPort Extreme-enabled Macs let you create a wireless network using only your computer. And if you have a Mac or PC without built-in wireless capability, you can connect Apple TV to your network using an Ethernet cable (sold separately).
One step. Great leap. Apple TV connects to your widescreen TV via an HDMI cable (sold separately). This simple connection delivers both audio and video to your TV ? no need for multiple cables.
Options open. If your TV?s HDMI port is occupied by another device, or if your TV doesn?t have an HDMI port, you can connect to Apple TV via component video and audio. So no matter what your entertainment system looks like, Apple TV connects easily. And since Apple TV has a built-in power supply, there's no unwieldy power brick to hide.
What you need: Widescreen TV Mac or PC iTunes 7.1 or later Wired or wireless network HDMI cable or Component video cables and analog audio cables or optical audio cable
Processor and storage: Intel processor 40GB hard drive2 for storing content locally Up to 50 hours of movies and TV shows3 Up to 9,000 songs4 Up to 25,000 pictures5
System requirements: Mac or PC iTunes 7.1 Mac: Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later PC: Windows XP Home/Professional (SP2) AirPort Extreme, Wi-Fi 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n wireless network6 (wireless video streaming requires 802.11g or 802.11n), or 10/100BASE-T Ethernet network
Ports and interfaces: HDMI (video and audio) Component video Optical audio Analog RCA stereo audio 10/100BASE-T Ethernet USB 2.0 (for service and diagnostics) 802.11n wireless networking6 Built-in IR receiver (works with included Apple Remote)
Environmental requirements: Operating temperature: 32? to 104? F (0? to 40? C) Storage temperature: -40? to 185? F (-40? to 85? C) Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3,000 m)
Video: Video formats supported: H.264 and protected H.264 (from iTunes Store): 640 by 480, 30 fps, LC version of Baseline Profile; 320 by 240, 30 fps, Baseline profile up to Level 1.3; 1280 by 720, 24 fps, Progressive Main Profile. MPEG-4: 640 by 480, 30 fps, Simple Profile
Audio: Audio formats supported: AAC (16 to 320 Kbps); protected AAC (from iTunes Store); MP3 (16 to 320 Kbps); MP3 VBR; Apple Lossless; AIFF; WAV
TV compatibility: Enhanced-definition or high-definition widescreen TVs capable of 1080i 60/50Hz, 720p 60/50Hz, 576p 50Hz (PAL format), or 480p 60Hz
Accessories XtremeMac HDMI to HDMI cable TL951LL/A XtremeMac HDMI to DVI cable TL952LL/A XtremeMac Component video cable TL953LL/A XtremeMac analog audio cable TL954LL/A XtremeMac TOSLINK optical cable TL955LL/A AirPort Extreme Base Station MA073LL/A AppleCare Protection Plan MA937LL/A