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Today, I received the brand new Apple TV.  As I previously wrote about, I think the new Apple TV will fill the gap between the computer and the TV.  You can find the full specifications and details for the Apple TV on Apple’s site.  My first impressions after unboxing the device were that it is extremely small.  Steve Jobs wasn’t kidding about that.

Some other things of note, it does not come with an HDMI cable, you need to buy one separately (if you don’t own one already).  The box includes the Apple TV, the remote (which is really sleek), the power cable, and the manual.  It has built-in WiFi (a/b/g/n) and also has an ethernet port on the back if you prefer to hardwire it.

After playing with the Apple TV briefly, it’s safe to say that the interface is super simple and easy to navigate.  The streaming of video and audio over WiFi is seamless, I haven’t experienced any interruptions.  All of the content I’ve played so far looks spectacular – even my YouTube videos (of course, I shoot in 720p now, I’m sure my older videos wouldn’t look too good).

One thing I do wish is that it had a keyboard on the remote (like the Boxee Box) or someway you could connect a wireless keyboard; mainly because typing in all of your login credentials for several services can be a pain, especially if you have a complex password.  Nonetheless, I’ll have a full review up in a week or so.  Keep an eye out.

Have you ordered/received a new Apple TV?  What are your thoughts on it?

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