Despite some flaws I really do love my Apple TV (see my video review). I currently own two. And I’ve spent a lot of time (too much) searching for the best Apple TV applications. So if you’re looking for a great new Apple TV app it’s safe to say I’ve got your covered with this convenient Apple TV apps list.
I’m not including obvious apps in this list: stock Apple apps like the Movies app or apps everyone and their dog has heard about and expect to be on Apple TV like Netflix or Hulu. I’m only featuring interesting apps that are really well made, super-useful or really entertaining. Unfortunately, among those seemingly obvious apps I won’t be able to include Apple TV Amazon Prime — that still doesn’t exist. Still, at least Sling TV for Apple TV is a huge upgrade from other platforms where it appears (see my Sling TV review).
I’m also not including Apple TV games in this list because I’ll make a separate list of the 50 best Apple TV games. In the meantime, though, feel free to checkout the video I made on the best Apple TV games when the platform was brand new.
It’s been fun watching the new Apple TV evolve as a platform. At first there were very few apps (but still far more than the competing platforms like Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Smart TVs). The App experience on the Apple TV is the main reason why I love the device. It’s easy to use, rich and rewarding. And there’s no outdoing the selection of Apple TV apps: there’s a ton to choose from (and higher-quality apps as well).
When it comes to apps on the Apple TV, the biggest problem is simply finding the best. The Apple TV App Store is large enough now that it doesn’t show all the apps there are (without searching). Some of the best apps (especially the new ones) can only be found if you know to look for them.
Whether you own an Apple TV for the AirPlay capabilities, because you’re already immersed in the Apple ecosystem, because you love that you can use Siri to interact with your TV or because you just couldn’t help yourself… set your Apple TV to the new black theme (or don’t, I like it though) and prepare to make some new folders to store ...