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New Apple TV 4K Box Improves Processor, Drops Price to $129

New Apple TV 4K Box Improves Processor, Drops Price to $129

Apple TV 4K is getting a refresh. The newest company streaming device is 50% faster, according to Apple, but the biggest improvement for potential buyers will likely be the new, lower price. The 2022 Apple TV 4K starts at $129which is $50 less than the previous Apple TV 4K, which debuted last year.

On sale November 4, the new Apple TV 4K features an upgraded processor, Apple’s A15 Bionic chip, which is more efficient and allows for a smaller physical box. It comes in two configurations, the Apple TV 4K with Wi-Fi for $129 (£149, AU$219) and the Apple TV 4K with Wi-Fi and Ethernet for $149 (£169, AU$249). The basic version has 64 GB of memory; the more expensive one has 128GB and a wired Ethernet port, which was previously included in the base model. It is also compatible with additional high dynamic range video format, HDR10 Pluswhich joins Dolby Vision and standard HDR10 among the box’s video capabilities.

The new Apple TV 4K includes a Siri remote similar to the previous version, but the new remote has a USB-C charging port, replacing the Lightning port. Apple, however, did not add remote search functionalitya handy feature found on remote controls from Year and Amazon Fire TV.

Apple TV 4K new Siri remote close-up

The new version of the Siri Remote has USB-C for charging instead of the Lightning port.

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While the new price is lower, it’s still more than most competing streamers. The Roku Streaming Stick 4K, Chromecast with Google TV (both $50) and Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max ($55), for example, all cost less than half the price of the new Apple TV 4K and offer similar features — namely voice remotes and the ability to stream Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV Plus and a host of others streaming services in 4K HDR up to televisions.

The Apple TV HDthe $149 streamer with a slower processor and no 4K video capability is no longer on sale at Apple.

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Pre-orders are now open for the new Apple TV 4K with prices starting at $129. The devices will start shipping on November 4th.



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