The fourth-generation Apple TV, set to be unveiled at an event on September 9th and released in October, will feature a mix of new and familiar hardware, according to reliable sources.
The leaks suggest that there will be two tiers of Apple TV models – one with a 8GB storage option and other with a 16GB storage option. We think it is not a good idea for a company which stands on simplicity keeps multiplying it’s product line. (So many Apple Watch). On the other hand it is a good option as consumers have some flexibility.
The current Apple TV design, first released in late 2010, has 8GB of internal storage for caching media, and the fourth-generation boxes in testing surprisingly range from 8GB to 16GB of storage. There is this bump is storage capacity as Apple is planning to introduce AppStore for the Apple TV 4. Sources say that the limited storage offered by 8GB and 16GB flash memory is appropriate for the new model, as all content outside of applications will be streamed directly from the Internet.
Also, Apple TV 4 will be running core iOS 9 version, and iOS 9 includes several new features for reducing the file size of App Store apps, including the ability to load games in level-sized chunks and stream rather than store videos within app binaries.
Instead of searching the catalogs of multiple video services one at a time for a particular movie, you’ll now be able to search all of them at once and then choose the service on which you’d like to watch it. You’ll also be able to search for actors and directors, and run other more targeted searches as well – all with Siri. To put it in simple terms – you’d know at a glance whether or not you can save some money by watching that movie on Netflix instead of iTunes.
Besides touch support and motion control, we now know a bit more about the new remote control. Unlike the silver remote that comes with the current box, the new remote will be a dark gray/black color to better match the new box’s aesthetic. It will still be made of metal. Below the touchpad are a pair of tactile buttons (for Siri and the Home button), in addition to rocker buttons assumed to control volume levels.
Ports and Display Support
The Apple TV 4 will lack support for 4K video streaming and have the same basic ports as the third-generation model
The simultaneous release of a $149 base model with 8GB of storage alongside a $199 16GB model, or the release of the 16GB Apple TV alone at $149. In either case, Apple will offer a $149 Apple TV.
Altogether, the new Apple TV will be the first major update to the device in a long time, including a revamped operating system, Siri support, App Store, gaming focus, and all-new touch-based remote. Stay tuned as we’ll have more details leading up to the September 9th event, where the new iPhones with Force Touch will also be announced.