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First shown in late 2006 and released in early 2007, the Apple TV has gone through a more substantial transformation than any other Apple product in the past decade. The original model was a stripped-down Macintosh computer with a 40GB hard drive for playing videos, music, and photos on an HDTV. Apple unveiled a completely redesigned plastic model in 2010, dropping the hard drive in favor of 8GB flash storage, and in late 2015 the device was updated again with its own tvOS operating system, a slightly thicker design, and an all-new Siri Remote.

The Apple TV serves a variety of purposes now, thanks to its tvOS operating system, which has its own App Store. The Apple TV 4K and 4th-gen Apple TV come with the Siri Remote. Included is a dedicated Siri button that, when paired with universal search on the Apple TV, allows users to easily look up content from a variety of sources with a single search.

Using AirPlay with your iOS device or Mac, you can stream videos, photos, and music directly from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac to your HDT, as well as mirroring their screens. Under some circumstances, Macs can use a TV equipped with an Apple TV as a second display.

With the release of the Apple TV 4K priced at $179 and $199 for 32GB and 64GB respectively, Apple has dropped the 64GB version of the 4th-gen Apple TV as it continues to offer the 32GB model for $149.

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Apple TV Stories September 13

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Apple had great news for movie lovers yesterday: not only would it be selling 4K movies for the same price as existing HD ones, but you’ll be able to upgrade existing purchases to the higher resolution completely free of charge.

However, while most major studies are in on the deal, there’s one odd omission: Disney …

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Apple TV Stories September 12

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Like we do with every major Apple event, we’ve condensed the keynote to an easily digestible format that allows you to view all of the important announcements in quick fashion. Watch the less-than-12-minute condensed version of the iPhone X keynote inside. expand full story

Siri Remote for Apple TV updated with new Menu button and price

[UPDATE: The new Menu button appears to just be the white ring and not a flat button. Hard to tell from the photos, but Apple describes it that way online. It also captures motion data for attitude and rotation rate.]

Apple announced the new Apple TV 4K at its big event today, and the Siri Remote has received an update as well. The first change is a new Menu button that appears to be a part of the touch surface. This could improve the user experience by providing a bit of asymmetry, but it’s a subtle change so we’ll have to wait and see.

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