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Apple TV gets more powerful, w/ apps, Siri support and Wii-style games

Apple TV gets more powerful, w/ apps, Siri support and Wii-style games

Apple unveiled a fresh take on the Apple TV tonight, bringing voice commands to the set top box for the first time, as well as support for apps and games.

In what looks like a concerted and very credible bid for consumer’ living rooms, the second-gen device massively broadens its range of functions and makes Apple TV easier to use.

The Siri voice controls feature allows users to ask questions about what they’re watching, as well as general queries about, say, sports results, and skip back with the command’ hey, I just missed what he/she said’. Its universal search function also lets you look for something to watch by genre, star and even the mood you're in.

The remote is also new to the platform and includes a touchpad with physical buttons and motion control for what look to be Wii-style sports and music-focused casual games. It’s rechargeable via a Lightning connector.

Buyers will be able to choose between 32GB and 64GB models when it goes on sale in October.

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