How easy-to-figure-out is Apple TV for folks over 75 years old with limited computer literacy? Follow up question: what is the point of Apple TV?

Apple TV piqued my interest because A) Apple products are typically very easy to figure out for those who consider themselves to be technophobes, or who otherwise have little computer experience, and B) the user interface on the TV and DVD player of my favorite septuagenarians is extremely, well, clunky and frustrating to use.

I love that in iTunes or iDVD player, you can just slide the slider to the part of the movie you want, instead of having to advance through scene selections. Was wondering if Apple TV happened to bring a similar simplicity and elegance of design to TV and movie viewing experiences (not to mention - hopefully - fewer remotes???).

Judging by the many questions about "mirroring" and other highly technical language in this forum, my impression is that no, Apple TV is better for folks with a fairly sophisticated understanding of how (Apple) computers work, and that folks with little computer know-how would get frustrated with it.

But please chime in if you feel differently.


1 Answer from the Community

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    Hi Jennifer:

    Apple TV is easy to use to watch Netflix, listen to music, watch your home videos (if loaded into iTunes), rent movies from Apple or watch video off your iPad, iPhone, MacBook or off YouTube - with the Apple TV turned on and connected to your television; it is what you expect from Apple. Click on the icon for Apple TV and it is on the big screen.

    The conversation about mirroring and remote controls seems to be more about those of us who make presentations. Depending on the venue, it is sometimes tough to work through the projectors and sound systems. I use the Apple TV, plugged into an LCD projector (either through HDMI or a VGA adaptor) to give professional presentations. The mirroring (or not) is whether I want the same presentation on my iPad/MacBook and projector or I want the speakers's notes version on my iPad that gives me a script to follow.

    Two different conversations. It seems you are interested in the 1st paragraph.

    Hope that helps.

    Rob M

    • Answered by Robert M from Cobourg
    • Jan 4, 2014