As expected, Apple is now accepting pre-orders for the fourth-generation Apple TV set-top streaming box. The new device is available with 32GB of storage for $149, or 64GB of storage for $199. Orders will begin shipping later this week, with the earliest delivery date set for October 30, for customers who select one-day shipping.
As well as the box itself, Apple is offering extra Siri Remotes for $79, (go ahead and order an extra one, you know you’re going to lose it!), as well as Remote Loop wrist straps for $12.99. (This will keep you from throwing the remote through the television when playing games, so grab one of those too). Apple offers two-years of AppleCare coverage for $29.
The new Apple TV brings much-needed improvements in hardware and software, as well as support for third-party apps via a new App Store. A new touch-based remote, with support for Siri commands is also available in select countries, allowing for Universal Voice Search, which finds content across multiple services.
The hardware powering the new Apple TV includes an A8 chip, with 2GB of RAM, the aforementioned remote – which also includes a gyroscope and accelerometer to allow it to be used to control games – and third-party Bluetooth controller support.
Apple TV pre-orders are available via the Apple website. The third-generation Apple TV will continue to be available for $69.
Pricing for select locations outside the U.S. where the new Apple TV is available are as follows:
- Australia: A$269/A$349
- Canada: $199/$269
- Euro countries: €179/€229
- Japan: ￥18,400/￥24,800
- UK: £129/£169