Google is coming out with a new version of Chromecast later this month. This is at the heels from an announcement Apple when it released the latest version of the Apple TV a few weeks ago. Chromecast is also competing with Amazon and Roku in the media streaming space. Details of the newer Chromecast have been sketchy, but rumors have been swirling around that the newer versions can connect to the faster wireless signals, namely 802.11ac.
Apple just announced the latest Apple TV which will double as a gaming station.
From Huffington Post:
After years of speculation, Apple has finally announced an upgraded Apple TV that will include video game capabilities and a full range of apps. The device integrates with traditional streaming apps like Netflix, but will also host video games like Guitar Hero and Rayman Adventures, offering people one system for many of their media experiences.
“Our vision for TV is simple, and perhaps a little provocative,” Apple’s Tim Cook said. “When you experience TV this way through an app, you realize how much better it can be.”
The new Apple TV will have more power for a better graphics experience, and a new remote with a touch sensor that doubles a controller. The device also has a universal search function that will allow users to find a show or movie across multiple services. Subscribers who have various applications like iTunes, Netflix or HBO could, in theory, search for an episode of The West Wing and then watch it on the service that had it in the catalogue.
It looked like the rumors were indeed true. The 32GB version will sell for $149 and the 64GB version at $199.
Rushing out to get one? The price though!
Apple is scheduled to release the 4th version of Apple TV on September 9. The target price is rumored to be between $150-$200. At that price, it better be really good. Roku is $99 while Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV are less than $40 dollars. The new Apple TV biggest feature is said to be with the remote. For owners of streaming boxes now, can Apple do enough to convince them to forego their current devices and buy an Apple TV for $200. That question will be answered when Apple introduces the Apple TV on September 9. Here are few articles about the upcoming Apple TV: ComputerWorld, 9to5Mac, and Gizmodo.