Wednesday, October 19, 2022

New Apple TV lineup

It's been expected for some time, but Apple also did the unexpected, as they'll sometimes do. And the unexpected is very welcome.

Apple introduced a new Apple TV lineup yesterday. All Apple TV devices are now 4K devices. That means the Apple TV device that has been around for a few years is no longer available. Or will be no longer available when they sell out the current stock. Heck, you can't even buy the 1080 version of it online anymore.

All Apple TV devices are 64 GB or higher now. Gone are the 32 GB devices. Gone are the HD devices.

The new lineup featured two versions of Apple TV:

The new Apple TV 4K is available in two configurations: Apple TV 4K (Wi-Fi), which offers 64GB of storage; and Apple TV 4K (Wi-Fi + Ethernet), which offers support for Gigabit Ethernet for fast networking and streaming, Thread mesh networking protocol to connect even more smart home accessories, and twice the storage for apps and games (128GB). Customers can order the new Apple TV 4K with Siri Remote today at a new starting price of $129, with availability beginning Friday, November 4.

Both feature the A15 chip, which is a little bit of a bump up. Oh, and talk about burying the lead: if it looks like they are cheaper than they used to be, it's because they are. The $129 and $149 prices are lower than the previous pricing, making them in line with the Amazon Fire TV Cube and only a little more than the Roku Ultra, as well as cheaper than the Nvidia Shield.

If you already have an Apple TV 4K device, there's really no reason to rush out and get one. If your Apple TV is the HD device, then maybe, if your TV is UHD/4K, might it be worth it. But otherwise, no reason to replace a working device.

If you are thinking about adding an Apple TV device to your lineup, don't buy one of the current ones if you find one in a store somewhere. Wait for the new ones that arrive November 4, then enjoy the new Apple TV device as part of your Streaming Life.

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