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High (Re)Definition TV

Adding up to the hefty but uber-brilliant technology of Apple is the Apple TV. No, it's not a portable Mac nor does it look like a television. It's a device that you can pop in to your TV enabling you to watch movies you've downloaded from the iTunes Store. I saw one in their website and it resembles a flat Mac Mini, with the Apple TV insignia on top. I believe that the Apple TV is very compact and super lightweight (1.09 kg won't stress your muscles), and from its specified size (7.7" x 7.7") it is one gadget that would you would surely brag about.

I've mentioned about movies. Yes, you can watch any movie using the Apple TV via a wireless connection from your Mac or PC then to the device which is directly connected to the television. According to the site the Apple TV can only play movies that were downloaded from the iTunes Store. Sad. And how much would that cost? I don't know. Having iTunes installed in your PC is easy; it is readily available for download in the Apple website or in Download.com.

I've mentioned about wireless connectivity. Yes, you first have to be connected to your Mac or PC via Wi-Fi or broadband internet connection. For Mac users, just fire up AirPort Extreme and you're good to go; for PC fans, the usual Wi-Fi or LAN settings. The connection speed determines the efficiency of your Apple TV. 802.11 b/g/n are preferred. If you have 802.11 a, good luck to you. System requirements, well you should be updated: Mac OS X Tiger or Leopard for Mac, and Windows XP Home/Professional Service Pack 2 (there is no mention about the Windows Media Center Edition). Amazingly, Intel and Apple have already collaborated to dish out the latest technology to the market. The latest MacBook Pro has Intel Dual Core. Apple TV runs on an Intel processor (is it Dual Core, I don't know). On a sad note, it only has a 40GB HDD, and can only store 9,000 songs and 50 hours of movie time, but I think a storage with this kind of memory will suffice. Oh, you can also view pictures with your Apple TV - most formats available are supported.

The Apple TV is definitely a must-have if you are a hard core film enthusiast. But first you have to consider the exorbitant system requirements for this device, and if you think you have everything within your arm's reach then go and get one for yourself for only $299.

Available soon in the Philippines.
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