Following the company’s announcement last week that it would be launching a new version of the Apple TV, Apple has officially begun accepting pre-orders for the upgraded set-top box in anticipation of its official release date later this week.
The new Apple TV will differ from previous models in a number of ways, most notably in that it will support 4K streaming. This will finally put Apple on the same footing as other major streaming devices like Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV, all of which already support 4K.
The new Apple TV will also incorporate Dolby Vision and HDR10 support, ensuring that users with HDR-enabled TV sets get the highest quality video possible. With an A10X Fusion processor and 3 GB of RAM, the new and improved device should allow for a smoother, more user-friendly experience—as well as better gaming.
Users who get the new Apple TV and have already bought eligible films in HD will receive an automatic upgrade to 4K HDR at no extra cost, so you don’t have to worry about repurchasing all your content to enjoy the higher resolution playback. Users are also sure to love the redesigned Siri Remote, which is said to alleviate some of the issues reported with the previous model.
The new Apple TV is set to retail for $179 for the 32 GB model and $199 for the 64 GB model. Whichever you prefer, you will definitely want to stake your claim and order early. It will officially go on sale September 22, though Apple is accepting pre-orders now.