The new Apple TV brings a repaginated system, Siri compatibility, and powerful hardware. New Chromecast, or Chromecast 2, brings a change in look, improved Wi-Fi and technology that promises to improve streaming. Check out the pros and cons of two of the most popular streaming devices and see which one to invest. Also, discover the difference in price and working of each device.
The new Apple TV has gained a completely new system. The tvOS is a version of iOS 9 and brings some very interesting device functions. Beginning with integration with Siri. You can now find content using voice commands.
Another great feature of the system is the addition of third-party apps. In an exclusive App Store, you will be able to download thousands of apps, from news apps to bank apps and games. Okay, nothing like GTA V or The Witcher 3, but cool games to have fun with the family, like Rayman Adventures.
The app that controls Chromecast on mobile has had some changes. Now doing searches is integrated with the Google search system. When you search for a movie, for example, it offers the option of choosing which streaming service you want to watch Netflix, Hulu, Google Play, and more. Very useful, but the film that users want to see is not always available on the app. Chromecast has also gained some new features, such as support for Spotify and Google Photos.
Another new feature that caught the eye on the new Chromecast was Fast Play. The technology promises to streamline the loading of destreaming videos. However, at least initially Fast Play will not be available.
Who wins: new Chromecast. Both media centers have strengths and weaknesses. The new Apple TV has tvOS with Siri, the addition of games and tvOS. However, at least initially, the list of applications should be limited. The new Chromecast already inherits millions of apps and games, since the system remains the same. In addition, Fast Play seems to be quite promising.
Undoubtedly, the big star on the new Apple TV is the Siri smart voice assistant. The control has been completely redesigned and has gained new functions that promise to revolutionize the way you watch TV.
Starting with the touchpad. The touch-sensitive area promises to make navigation more intuitive. The control also gained microphones and motion sensors, such as gyro and accelerometer. It will be possible to control games with gestures.
Who wins: New Apple TV. Siri has a number of new features that will make a normal television much more intuitive. Another advantage is the battery. Apple says it can last for months without recharging. In addition, it has an infrared sensor and can control basic TV functions such as on and off and volume.
Design and hardware
The design of the new Apple TV did not have major changes. The device follows the same black box pattern as the previous model. The setup-box also has some connections: RJ-45, HDMI and USB-C network input and Wi-Fi is compatible with new AC technology. The processor is the A8, dual-core chip that operates in 64-bit, the same used in iPhones 6. In all are two storage sizes 32 GB and 64 GB.
On the new Chromecast comes the pen drive format. The round design is designed to accommodate new hardware that improves Wi-Fi connectivity. Now the device is compatible with AC networks and operates in two 2.4GHz and 5 GHz bands. However, the design poses a problem as it by the HDMI cable.
Who wins: Apple TV. The new generation of Apple’s setup-box takes advantage of Google’s dongle, mainly through network and USB input. The new Chromecast does not need powerful hardware, as all the processing is done by the smartphone, but the design is broken by leaving the device hanging behind the TV.
The bottom line is that Google Chromecast is ideal for those who want a streaming device at an affordable price. Apple TV is for those who have a high budget for a streaming device and are also interested in using a wide array of advanced features.