As first noted by 9to5Mac, buyers in only a handful of countries will be able to use Siri to activate the device’s universal search functionality. Here’s the complete list:
- United Kingdom
- United States
And in those countries, Siri will just understand five different languages. That pales in comparision to Siri on iOS devices, which is available in 29 different countries and a large number of languages.
With the Siri support, users will be able to search from multiple sources to find a specific movie or TV show. Initially, it will include iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, and others. In countries without Siri support, the remote will instead offer a button to initiate an on-screen search.
More about the Apple TV
Powered with a modern A8-series chip, the box also offers 2GB of RAM and features 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2 support.
Apps, and especially games, are a major focus of the new device. The remote can act as a controller for games, and you’ll also be able to use any MFi controller. Some of the games confirmed for the Apple TV include Guitar Hero Live, Crossy Road, and others.
Another great new feature is interactive notifications in TV apps. For example, while watching a game via MLB.com at Bat, live notifications will pop up on the screen showing other important information around the league.
The new Apple TV will hit the market sometime in October. There were will be two different versions available to purchase – a 32GB edition for $149 and a 64GB box for $199. The third-generation box will still be available for $69, but won’t offer any of the new features.
Here’s an interactive graphic about the device courtesy of specout.com.