The developer preview for the latest version of tvOS just dropped, and it's made some minor -- but seriously great -- improvements to the Apple TV. Image: Apple
There's the Roku-like Remote app for iOS, which will allow users to navigate their Apple TV from their phone -- including using a keyboard to search via Siri. And there's Live Tuning, which lets you immediately hop into a live stream on an app (with, we should note, few mentions of compatible apps).
A major change from other set-top boxes is Single Sign On. In a world of multiple authentications, Single Sign On could be a security nightmare, but it could also be a major convenience. Log into all your different accounts, from Stan to Netflix, via one app.
Apple also introduced the ability to automatically download apps to your phone, tablet and set-top box at once.
Yes, these are all tiny changes, but together they makes Apple TV one of the most fully featured set top boxes now available.