Don’t Buy the 2021 Apple TV 4K, Even at a Discount

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Photo: MasarikMazarik (Shutterstock)

I’m always excited when a new version of a gadget comes out – not necessarily because I want the latest and greatest, but because I do love get a good deal on last year’s model. However, sometimes the offers are not as good as they seem. Apple is currently making room for its new Apple TV 4K, and as such the 2021 Apple TV 4K is heavily discounted at Amazon at $109 – around 40% off (earlier today it was even cheaper, $99). Don’t buy it.

If you’ve got your eye on an Apple TV and are tempted by this sale, you might want to wait a little longer here.

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Only 10 days away

Wait for the third-gen Apple TV 4K to come out, unless you’ll spontaneously burn out before November 4th, unless you buy an Apply TV right away. (You can even pre-order the new version now if you feel like you’re less likely to spontaneously ignite.) Yes, the new model is more expensive — $20 more at the time of this writing — but you’re getting a lot more for yours Money. To explain:

Faster performance

The third-generation Apple TV features the A15 Bionic chip, which Apple says is around 50% faster than the previous model. It also has a 30% faster GPU that improves gaming performance as well as graphics in general. Will you notice these changes? Maybe, maybe not – but with a newer chip you can also be sure that your device will receive software updates for that much longer.

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Double storage space

The base model of the 3rd generation Apple TV comes with 64GB of storage for a base price of $129. To get the equivalent storage for the 2nd generation model, you would need to spend $114 after the current discount. For $15 more, you get a lot more storage on top of all the other benefits.

Support for HDR10+

While the previous generation of Apple TV supported 4K HDR and Dolby Vision, this new model brings support for HDR10+, which offers improvements over HDR10, especially in terms of brightness. For more on HDR10+ check out this excellent explainer.

Plus the best features of the 2021 model

The third generation still supports Wi-Fi 6, can act as a hub for HomeKit devices, and comes with the latest version’s updated Siri Remote—now with USB-C charging.

Is it worth upgrading now?

If you don’t have an Apple TV, or your version is first generation or older, this is a good time to upgrade. However, if you already own the second generation, it might be worth waiting to see what the fourth generation might bring.

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