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The original model of Apple TV was first introduced back in September 2006, as a hardware device that allowed users a way to sync content from their desktop iTunes straight to their television set. The latest model has gone above and beyond with upgrades. 4K is the highest resolution available for streaming sticks, being four times the number of pixels as HD. The Apple TV 4K itself offers streaming features from popular apps such as Netflix, Hulu, and ESPN. Even the Siri remote has been updated for users to be able to find what they’re looking for with voice activation, or to be used as a controller (much like the Nintendo Wii controller) for Apple TV games available through the App Store.
Each model comes fully equipped with a 4K Ultra HD resolution, an A10X Fusion processer, and 3GB of RAM, making the performance twice as fast than the original model. The best part is that customers who originally purchased their films in HD will automatically be upgraded to the 4K HDR for free. Those looking to purchase new 4K released films will only have to pay the same cost as existing films as well. This comes as quite as a pleasant surprise, seeing as though Apple’s competitors normally always charge extra for higher definition films.
You get what you pay for with the Apple TV, even though what you pay is averagely higher than the competitors. Prices are based on the internal storage capacity, $179 for the 32GB model or $199 for 64GB. The cheaper sticks, Amazon Fire TV stick and Google Chromecast, both run around $60 a box, with the highest priced (and most comparable to Apple TV), the Roku Ultra 4K.
Mandy Renfroe is a California writer, who started her career writing for Yahoo, before moving on to freelance. She has written articles for magazines, conducted interviews with celebrities, and is currently working on her second novel. She writes from her home which she shares with her three beautiful children whom of which are her inspiration.
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