The Apple TV 4K is getting a refresh. The company's newestis 50% faster, according to Apple, but the biggest improvement to potential buyers will likely be the new, lower price. The , which is $50 less than the .
On sale Nov. 4, the new Apple TV 4K has 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 at $129 (£149, AU$219) and the Apple TV 4K with Wi-Fi and Ethernet for $149 (£169, AU$249). The base version has 64GB of storage; the more expensive one has 128GB and a wired Ethernet port, which was included in the base model previously. It's also compatible with an additional, which joins Dolby Vision and standard HDR10 among the box's video capabilities.
The new Apple TV 4K includes a similar Siri Remote to the last version, but the new remote has a USB-C port for charging, replacing the Lightning port. Apple, however,, a convenient feature found on remotes from and .
Although the new price is lower, it's still more than most competing streamers. The, (both $50) and ($55), for example, all cost less than half as much as the new Apple TV 4K and offer similar capabilities -- namely voice remotes and the ability to stream Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV Plus and numerous other in 4K HDR to .
The, a $149 streamer with a slower processor and no 4K video capability, is no longer on sale at Apple.
Preorders are now open for the new Apple TV 4K with prices starting at $129. Devices will begin shipping on Nov. 4.