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The third generation Apple TV 4K features a similar look in a more compact form factor, thanks to a new fanless design which is made possible by significant upgrades to the internals. It still looks like a pocket-sized Mac Mini, with a dual-tone finish that is glossy on the sides and matte on the top. The only visible indicator on the front is a tiny LED light, which indicates whether the device is on or off.
On the rear, you get the usual ports that were available with the previous generation model. Although you do lose out on the ethernet port in the base 64GB model, so make sure you buy the top-end 128GB version if you want wired connectivity. While they have doubled the storage capacity of the device, the product features the same amount of usable RAM, which remains 3GB on both models. Lastly, they have switched the charging port on the Siri remote from regular lighting to a USB-C port in order to comply with the recent EU ruling.
The new Apple TV 4K features a massive upgrade in the performance department, thanks to the inclusion of the A15 Bionic chipset. This makes it faster than even the latest iPad 10th generation, which was launched alongside this device at the same virtual event. This makes it up to 50% faster than the previous generation Apple TV, which also improves the graphics performance by up to 30%.
All of this, while consuming less energy than the previous devices, which allows for the removal of the built-in fan for a smaller form factor. The new chipset also enables support for a host of new software features, such as HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and more. This means that you can now get better visual output as long as your TV supports these latest imaging formats.
Price & Availability
The new Apple TV 4K will be officially launched on the 4th of November but is already available for pre-order from the Apple website. You can get the 64GB version at a starting price of $129, while the 128GB model comes at $149. We would certainly recommend going for the top-end version for the ethernet port.