At its September 2015 launch event, Apple debuted the new Apple TV, the first new iteration of the Apple TV product line in over three years. Among the new features were a new remote control with capacitive touchpad and microphone, a new tvOS operating system with SDK and supporting third party applications, Siri-based voice navigation and search, and enhanced gaming capabilities utilizing the gyro- and accelerometer-equipped remote as a gaming controller. The new device is powered by a 64-bit A8 processor, and is equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac MIMO wireless connectivity, and an infrared receiver.
Pricing for the 32GB and 64GB versions is $149 and $199 respectively, with availability beginning October 2015 in the US.
The new Apple TV is an evolutionary, not revolutionary update. While this is a significant step up for Apple TV from its last model iteration, many of the new features are already state-of-the-market – TiVo and others have universal search such as Roku, Fire TV, LG, Android TV, and others have voice search; gaming is on other platforms as well.
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