Pros:

  • Doesn’t take up a lot of space
  • Uses Siri and voice search
  • Uses airplay to mirror devices

Cons:

  • No 4k support
  • No audio output

The Apple TV 4 is great and I currently use it with my 27 inch monitor. On the Apple TV you can use streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu. Now Apple introduced the App Store to Apple TV so now you can play games such as Crossy Road or Alto’s Adventure. You can only play games that are designed to work with the Apple TV so not every game on your iPhone will work on Apple TV. The Apple TV 4 does not support 4k which means that if you have a 4k TV or monitor it will not be able to take advantage of all that resolution. I would like to see the next Apple TV have support for 4k since 4k is starting to become more popular among TVs

Connections

The Apple TV 4 features a power port, a single HDMI port, an ethernet port and a USB-C port for servicing the Apple TV. I currently use the Apple TV with my monitor using the HDMI port. I would like to point out that Apple does not include an HDMI cable in the box. You can either buy one through Apple or buy one somewhere else. The Apple TV also has wifi built in so I don’t use the ethernet port but it is an option.

Appearance

The Apple TV 4 is matte black on the top with a glossy black around the sides which gets fingerprints on it very easily. The new Apple TV is slightly taller than the Apple TV 3 but looks pretty much the same other than height. The Apple TV is very small and does not take up much space if you are worried about it taking up a lot of space in your room. The Apple TV itself is 3.9 in. by 3.9 in. and 1.4 in. tall.

The Siri Remote

The Apple TV remote was changed this year and now features a Siri button so you can use voice search. At the top of the remote there is a trackpad which you can use to navigate through the interface. The trackpad is very similar to the ones on the Apple MacBooks. The remote also features a rechargeable battery and you charge it by using a lightning cable that they include in the box. img_1221

AirPlay

You can use AirPlay on the Apple TV to mirror your iPad, iPhone or Macs screen onto your TV. You could also be watching YouTube or a movie on your iPhone and then walk over to your TV and watch it on the TV instead using AirPlay. You can also show people your photos using AirPlay with your iPhone or iPad. With your Mac you can use AirPlay to put your presentation for school on your TV to practice for a presentation you have for class.

Price

The Apple TV 4 comes in two options the 32GB and the 64GB. The 32GB model retails for $149.00 and the 64GB model retails for $199.00 on apple.com. If you plan on just using it to watch Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services I would say save your money and go with the 32GB model which I bought on Black Friday. But if you plan on downloading a lot of apps and games then I would go with the 64GB model for $50 more. If you don’t want the new Apple TV 4 with Siri and the App Store you can still buy the Apple TV 3 for $69.00 on apple.com.

If you have any questions about the Apple TV 4 put them down in the comments below and I will try to answer them. Also, let me know down below if this has helped you out or if you plan on purchasing an Apple TV 4 in the future.

 

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