Apple TV (4th Generation)

After years of disguising the fact that Apple TV had a real operating system, with the 4th generation device, Apple is all over it – even renaming it tvOS.

Apple TV now supports apps with 64-bit power, and for the first time since the 2G Apple TV shipped, it comes with more than 8 GB of storage. You can order the 4G Apple TV with 32 GB or 64 GB of flash storage.

You could think of it as a smarter smart TV that isn’t locked to a specific TV screen.

Apple TV channels

You’ll be able to download entertainment apps from a multitude of sources including Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, HBO Now, Showtime, ABC, CNN, Fox, PBS, PBS Kids, NBC Sports Live Extra, Disney, ESPN, and more. For sports lovers, full season subscription to NBA, NHL, and MLB are available. Expect more content apps to follow.

Beyond watching TV and movies, Apple TV plays games and supports third-party game controllers.

Siri, find some funny TV shows

Apple TV includes Siri, with a microphone built right into the remote control. The remote has a Lightning connector and can charge with a cable plugged into the USB-C port on the rear of Apple TV. This is Apple’s second USB-C machine, following the 12″ MacBook.

Apple TV can access the iTunes Store directly and stream rented content from the iTunes Store. It also supports AirPlay and can mirror the display of any Mac running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or later.

The 4G Apple TV is a bit bigger, with the same 3.9″ square footprint of the previous two generations but now 1.4″ thick.

Specifications

  • Announced 2015.09.09 at $149 (32 GB) and $199 (64 GB), shipping in October 2015.
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  • Identifier: AppleTV5,3
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Hardware

  • CPU: 1 GHz Apple A8 (assumed)
  • GPU: PowerVR 6XT GX6450
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Video output: HDMI 1.4
  • Sound output: HDMI 1.4
  • Supported resolutions: 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080p

Connectivity

  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n/ac
  • Ethernet: 10/100
  • USB: 1 USB-C port for service and diagnostics
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Infrared only for Apple Remote

Software

  • Original OS: tvOS 9.0 (based on iOS 9.0)
  • Maximum OS: current
  • Requires iTunes 12.3 or later.

Physical

  • Dimensions: 1.4″ x 3.9″ x 3.9″ (35 x 99 x 99 mm)
  • Weight: 15 oz. (0.425 kg)

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