Sunday, January 17, 2016

Apple TV (4th generation) unboxing and writing the first tvOS Hello World app

Apple TV (4th generation) unboxing

Let's start unboxing the Apple TV!!



Apple TV, remote, power cord and lightning cable.


Connectors for power, HDMI, USB-C, and RJ-45 ethernet.


Comparison: Apple TV (3rd generation) vs Apple TV (4th generation)

Comparison: Apple TV (3rd generation) vs Apple TV (4th generation)

Comparison: Remote (3rd generation) vs Remote (4th generation)

Comparison: Remote (3rd generation) vs Remote (4th generation)

The first thing to do after connecting the Apple TV to power and the TV set, is to pair the remote by clicking the trackpad of the remote.

Press the area on top of the menu and home buttons of the remote.

Select the language and country.

Configure Wi-Fi settings.

The interface for setting up the Wi-Fi password manually is difficult with the remote.
So I set up Wi-Fi password with an iPhone.

The initial screen of Apple TV.

To control the Apple TV using an iPhone / iPad, the software of Apple TV must be updated:

Settings -> System -> Software Updates -> Update Software

Download the latest Remote app to your iPhone or iPad. The app not only works as a remote controller, but also helps to enter the searching keywords a keyboard. 

Let's go through different functions of the Apple TV.

Movies may be purchased.


Best apps of 2015.

Each country has different app categories.


While an app is selected, click the get button with the downward arrow to download.


Games may also be downloaded.

Art Channel is a good app.

Masterpiece slideshow on your TV screen with Art Channel!!

Beautiful screensaver

Now it's time to write the first Hello World app. You'll need a Mac and the Xcode development tool.

This tutorial shows how to develop the first simple app on Apple TV:
Develop the first tvOS app (Hello World) for the new Apple TV (4th generation)

The app displayed with the tvOS simulator should be like this:


Then a USB-A male to USB-C male cable is required for downloading the app from Mac to Apple TV. The cable should be with reasonable length, otherwise the Mac has to be placed closely to the TV. My cable is 3-meter long and it seems to be shorter than I thought.

Connect the USB-C connector of the USB cable to Apple TV. Connect the other side of the USB cable to a Mac.

Build and run the tvOS Swift project on the Mac, and the app is shown on the TV screen:


Press the Menu or Home button of the remote, the TVHelloWorld app with an empty icon is shown:



References:
Develop the first tvOS app (Hello World) for the new Apple TV (4th generation)
Everything You Need to Know About the New Apple TV App Store
By December 9, 2015:
2624 apps on Apple TV App Store.
38% of apps are games.

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