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New Apple TV unboxing reveals plenty of new features

by Jacob Kleinman | September 21, 2015September 21, 2015 10:20 am PDT

Apple gave us a good look at its new set top box earlier this month, but it turns out the company left out a few new features. Dom Esposito managed to get his hands on the new Apple TV ahead of the official launch, revealing several unannounced improvements in the process.

The most exciting new feature revealed in the report is probably Bluetooth support. The updated Apple TV can connect to your wireless headphones so you can watch your favorite shows all night without disturbing anyone else. Or you can sync the device with a powerful Bluetooth speaker for a better audio experience.

There’s also a new Night Mode, which will keep the sound down even if you don’t have a pair of Bluetooth headphones on hand. Switching on this feature will turn down the volume for background music and sound effects, but dialogue will still be easy to hear.

Apple included some new accessibility options as well. For anyone with impaired vision there’s now the option to zoom in, add bold text or increase the contrast. You can also reduce motion and add audio descriptions. That’s on top of previous options like voice-overs, video descriptions and closed captioning.

A quick look at the new tvOS revealed a few other features, including the option to check out stock charts on your TV with help from Siri. We’re sure we’ll find even more once we get our hands on the new Apple TV, but for now you can check out 9to5Mac‘s full hands-on video below.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...