The first version of the Apple TV to support an App Store and Siri voice recognition is now available for purchase. You can pick up a model with 32GB of storage for $149 or pay an extra $50 to get twice the storage space.
If that price seems steep, you can still buy a 3rd-generation Apple TV instead. That model continues to be available for $69.
Note that the older model doesn’t support Siri, the App Store, or third-party controllers. It’s basically just a simple media streamer designed for accessing content from iTunes and supported third-party channels.
The 4th-gen Apple TV, meanwhile, comes with a fancy new remote control that includes dual microphones, motion sensors, and a glass touch surface. This lets you navigate and control third-party apps and games.
The new Apple TV is also faster: it has a dual-core Apple A8 processor (up from an A5 chip) and 802.11ac WiFi (up from 802.11n). Audio has also been bumped up to 7.1 channel Dolby Digital sound (from Dolby Digital 5.1).
Some things haven’t changed: both models have Ethernet ports, but only support 10/100 speeds.
Apple TV still doesn’t support 2160p video, so if you need support for Ultra HD content you might be better off with a different media-streaming device like an NVIDIA Shield or Roku 4.