If you have one of the new Apple TVs, chances are that any non-game apps you’ve downloaded are media streaming apps, like Netflix or TED. It’s the Apple TV, after all.
But that hasn’t stopped developers from creating apps for this new platform that have nothing to do with watching films or TV shows—or, indeed, much to do with reality or common sense, it would sometimes appear. We’ve scoured the entire tvOS App Store to find those apps that can charitably be described as “pushing the boundaries” of what you might want to do on a 55-inch screen in your living room.
Many of them, although at first nonsensical or just plain weird, actually do turn out to make some kind of sense when you think about them the right way. Some, though, are irredeemably baffling however you try to fit them into your head. Here are our favorite apps for the new Apple TV from the… more innovative corners of the App Store. Let’s see where the line between genius and madness falls!
(Incidentally, you can take screengrabs of the new Apple TV by connecting it to your Mac with a USB-C cable and firing up Xcode, but for me it was even easier to hook it up to the slick and always-reliable Elgato Game Capture HD60.)