New Apple TV (4th Generation) Released, Available Now
Apple has released the new 4th generation Apple TV, an all new Apple TV that includes more powerful hardware, a touch controller, and Siri voice interaction. Content arrives to the devices from the App Store, iTunes Store, and apps that serve as everything from playable games to channels from Netflix, HBO, ESPN, PBS, YouTube, Hulu, and the like.
The new Apple TV runs on an A8 CPU with 2GB of RAM, and has either 32GB or 64GB of onboard storage, depending on the model size you purchase.
An HDMI cable is sold separately, but you can buy a cheap one on Amazon.
Aside from the difference in storage specs, both models are the same, and both can support 1080p video at 60 frames per second. The devices also support third party wireless controllers through Bluetooth, which should be a nice bonus for gamers. The new Apple TV also includes Siri for interacting with the television, asking and has embedded gyroscopes for a variety of motions to register as actions on the TV in apps and games.
If you’re a heavy iTunes movie and music consumer, the device will likely be right up your alley, and it can also function as a great set-top box replacement for Netflix addicts. Whether or not the gaming abilities will be able to compete with something like the Xbox One and Playstation 4 remains to be seen, but the targeted gaming market seems to be more for the casual crowd.
The Apple TV also supports AirDisplay video mirroring, which lets an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, transfer their home screen and display wirelessly over to the television set which the Apple TV is connected to. It’s a neat technology, but perhaps a little less critical now that Apple TV has native app downloads and a native app store.
For those who don’t yet want to plop down the $150-$199 to buy an Apple TV quite yet, but still want to view their iPhone or iPad on a TV, you can connect the two devices with HDMI and an adapter as described here. The HDMI solution is obviously not wireless, but it’s simple and widely compatible with nearly every TV, projector, and display out there.