The Apple TV is Apple’s set-top box. The latest Apple TV 4K features a faster A12 Bionic chip, support for high-framerate HDR, and a redesigned Siri Remote. Apple typically updates the Apple TV infrequently, releasing a new model around every three years.
There are two different Apple TV models currently available. One is the Apple TV HD from 2015, featuring support for displays with up to 1080p resolutions, an A8 chip, 32GB of storage, HDMI 1.4, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 4.0, and a price of $149. The other is the second-generation Apple TV 4K from 2021, featuring support for displays with up to 4K resolutions, an A12 Bionic chip, up to 64GB of storage, HDMI 2.1, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, and a price starting at $179. Both come with the same redesigned Siri Remote.
The second-generation Apple TV 4K has better specifications in almost every area than the older Apple TV HD and will be much more future-proof. Due to its age and lower specifications, it is difficult to recommend buying an Apple TV HD, especially since it is only $20 cheaper than the second-generation Apple TV 4K.
Almost all potential customers should choose the second-generation Apple TV 4K. The only customers who should consider buying the Apple TV HD are people who are on a strict budget, have no intention of buying a 4K TV, and are comfortable with buying a six-year-old device.
If you need more help deciding between the Apple TV 4K and the Apple TV HD, or the two 4K Apple TV models, we have guides available that provide some useful feature comparisons.
- Apple TV HD vs. Apple TV 4K Buyer’s Guide
- Apple TV 4K (1st Gen) vs. Apple TV 4K (2nd Gen) Buyer’s Guide