Whilst everyone in the tech world is still digesting all of the news coming from the Apple camp last week many companies are focusing on how to take advantage of the new products and features. Apple announced the new Apple TV with a good selection of app demos and announcements for the launch and now that the SDK has been released many others are jumping onto the bandwagon. Plex is said to be an early adopter.
ITWorld reached out to the company and stated the following – “I reached out to Plex via email and Scott Olechowski, the co-founder of Plex replied, saying, “œWe are very excited to have a crack at bringing our users Apple TV. It‘s been a long requested platform and we‘re excited to work on it. We want it, our users want it“¦and we‘re anxiously awaiting the tvOS developer beta info, so we can finally dig in.”
The current Apple TV setup does not allow native access to a Plex client without jail-breaking. Instead, users have had to resort to streaming their content from another Plex app to the set top box over AirPlay. However, this will change with the addition of an app SDK and accompanying App Store with the new Apple TV.
The only unknown at this stage is the exact timelines. Olechowski, Plex co-founder, thanked Apple for using the same API frameworks as with the iPhone and iPad which reduces the amount of work needed to port the app from iOS to tvOS. Olechowski said there is no doubt that the Apple TV is a top platform for them but it sounded like a release would be at least a few months away. The new Apple TV is set to ship in late October (in the US).
The Apple TV prices released last week are as follows – $149 (+-R2300) for a 32 GB model and $199 (+-R3000) for a 64 GB model. It‘s still unclear how you should decide between the two sizes “” apps are limited by the system to a maximum size of 200 MB binary bundles which would suggest that 32 GB is plentiful. The Apple TV has been gaining popularity in SA, we’ll see if this refresh (with newly available apps) will build on its momentum.
Source: 9to5Mac