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I found this in my drafts folder with nothing but the title you see above. I got my first 4th Gen Apple TV not long after they came out, for Christmas. Then I was given a second one for free. So I will try to give you my impressions after a year and a half of use.
First off! I love my Apple TVs (even the 3rd Gen I got as a gift a few years ago) my family uses the one in our Living room all the time for watching shows, AirPlaying stuff we want to share with each other from our phones, etc. Every now and then, we even play games on them.
First recommendation: get a case for your remote! Especially if it's going to be used by everyone in the house. Our remote is cracked, and while it still works fine, it makes me cringe every time I use it.
Apple TV works best with Apple devices, but you still get a lot of great features if you don't have any Apple devices. However, some of the things I love about my Apple TV goes away if I don't have anything Apple. For example:
I thought I would comment about the new MacBook Pro lineup. Many people comment on the price first. I agree that the new MacBook Pro is expensive. One of the challenges with being in the middle-class is that it is hard to justify the purchase of a machine that costs over $1000. However, I want one. That doesn't mean I'm going to get one though.
Here's what I like the most:
OLED Touch Bar
I am very impressed with the Touch Bar. It changes how the user interacts with the computer. Apple has always been good at coming up with new ways to use their products. When I first started using a MacBook Pro I "fell in love" with the touchpad because it was better than anything I had ever used before, and it had Multi-touch gestures that made multi-tasking seamless. To me, the trackpad became an indispensable part of how I used the computer. Now, with the new MacBook Pro, the trackpad is bigger and better. Definitely something I find appealing.
Now there's the touch bar. It looks amazing and seems to be exceeding Apple's expectations (as far as I've seen). You can use it with all kinds of apps and use Touch ID. Some people may be complaining about the loss of the function keys, but I think they'll find that it will redefine and streamline the way we use computers.
If I were to get a new MacBook Pro, I would get the 15 inch with 2 TB hard drive.
Hello World! My name is Adam Hinton. I am a father, a geek, an IT Director at a Charter School, and a Mormon.