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As the new Apple TV is scheduled to hit Apple’s retail stores tomorrow, first reviews are now in. Journalists who were given a chance to spend some quality time with review units are praising evolutionary improvements to the living room experience while highlighting untapped potential for the refreshed $149 device.

One of the common complaints focuses on Siri and its inability to search apps for the Apple TV in a dedicated App Store. In addition, reports are noting that users won’t be able to search Apple Music with their voice at launch, the omission Apple claims will be addressed with a software update due at the beginning of next year.

The device will soon be a voice-controlled music player, BuzzFeed News reporter Brendan Klinkenberg wrote Thursday. “Apple confirmed to BuzzFeed News that Siri is coming to Apple Music on Apple TV at the beginning of next year,” reads the article.

This will expand the usefulness of the device, which at launch supports Siri search in several built-in video services, like iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Showtime and HBO.

Apple has previously confirmed opening up the Apple TV’s universal search feature to third-party developers, similar to how iPhone and iPad app makers can expose in-app content to the much-improved Spotlight Search on iOS 9.

As for Siri’s inability to search apps in the Apple TV’s dedicated application store, The Verge technology columnist Walt Mossberg (formerly with Re/code, and before that with the Wall Street Journal) noted that Siri’s inability to search the App Store is a major omission that will soon make it “incredibly hard to navigate” the collection of downloadable apps and games.

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“Even worse, the keyboard you need to use to search for apps (or for content in services not enabled for Siri, or for signing into services) is awful, actually worse than the old one,” he wrote. ”It’s maddening.”

On a final note, Mossberg praised the device’s speed and smoothness but cautioned that Siri also cannot handle all the queries that it can on an iPhone, or speak to you.

Here’s hoping Siri on the new Apple TV will soon get a whole lot more useful. After all, it isn’t something that couldn’t be fixed over time with a simple software update.

Source: BuzzFeed News

  • Andres

    Does anyone know if it has the Time Warner Cable app in the App Store?

    • I don’t think it does so far

      • Andres

        Okay thank you. I think best thing is to just check it out in store tomorrow

  • Chris Wagers

    Voice App Store search is not a big deal right now. Only a few hundred apps right now. Voice search at the beginning of the year will make up for it and that’s when it will be needed anyway. No worries.

  • Such a bummer, especially considering they have the tech in place for that (see Siri search on your iPhone).

    • That_Fruitarian

      Apple confirmed this morning that it’s coming!!

      • Merman123

        Yeah, but it really should be ready by release.

      • That_Fruitarian

        But it’s not.

      • Merman123

        Thus the “bummer”

  • White Michael Jackson

    Now what happens with the old apple tvs? No updates, anything new?

    • Micrones

      With the new release, i doubt if there is much to be updated to the old ATVs apart from adding new channels.which has been the norm for sometimes now,
      I think the OS on them does not allow for much in UI and functions per say.
      Apple’s attention will be focused on the new ATV4

      • philip Mills

        apple will be focused on the new ATV 5 with 4K

      • Micrones

        Even though there isnt a lot of 4k content out there but makes no sense why that feature was not added to this new product, even ROKU has a newly released player that plays 4K

  • Innes

    Sorry christian but double negatives drive me nuts…

    “…it isn’t something that couldn’t be fixed over time with a simple software update.”

    Should it not read “After all, it’s something that could be fixed over time with a simple software update.”

    Apart from that a good article. I’m stunned Apple haven’t sorted out a search feature in their very own app store! Bonkers!