New Apple TV Preorders Begin, Shipments Start on October 30

Posted by at 11:32 am on October 27, 2015

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Preorders for both models of the fourth generation Apple TV have commenced. The major revision to the line, which now includes a sought-after app ecosystem for the device, retails for $149 for the 32GB version, with the 64 GB version selling for $199. Shipments for the Apple TV begin on October 30.

The main appearance of the device has not changed much, having a similar footprint to earlier models, and standing about a half an inch taller. Running on a 64-bit A8 chip, it includes Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with MIMO, an IR receiver, and on the back, HDMI, power, and Ethernet. The optical audio port has been stricken from this version of the Apple TV.

The fourth generation Apple TV comes with a new remote control, which includes a glass touchpad near the top that allows users to swipe and navigate the new interface. The remote includes five buttons, including a menu, play and pause, display, and a volume rocker, along with a Siri button to trigger the virtual assistant for voice-based search.

An accelerometer and gyroscope allows the remote to be used as a motion controller in games, and its battery can last for up to three months on a single charge. Only one touchpad remote can be paired per Apple TV — multiplayer games require iOS devices with an updated remote app.

The Apple TV is running on Apple’s offshoot of iOS called tvOS, with developers given access to APIs and software development kit specifically for the device. While it is being used for video apps, it is also able to power games, including Disney Infinity and Guitar Hero, as well as other apps previously available on iOS.

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