New Apple TV 4K Box Improves Processor, Lowers Price to $129
Apple's latest streaming device, available for preorder now, gets the faster A15 Bionic chip, USB-C on the remote for charging and a $50 price cut.
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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 high dynamic range video format, HDR10 Plus, 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, did not add a remote-finder function, a convenient feature found on remotes from Roku and Amazon Fire TV.