It’s easy to write the new Apple TV (currently $149.99 at Best Buy) (also known as the Apple TV 4) off as a minor upgrade, but that would be a mistake. While I’m not sure that I wholeheartedly agree with Apple’s bombastic statement that this is the future of TV, I am nonetheless very impressed with the new Apple TV, despite it’s limitations.
Thinking back I was incredibly excited when I started seeing rumors of an actual Apple TV set — a television, not a box — popping up online. There was something exciting about that prospect — an iTV that would be ultra-thin with an aluminum back and who knows what kind of groundbreaking features. Compared to that, the new Apple TV is a bit of a let down. But it really shouldn’t be.
If you think about it, an iTV would have been incredibly expensive. The new Apple TV, on the other hand, is relatively affordable and works with any TV that has an HDMI port (so any modern TV).
Compared with streaming devices from Roku, Amazon and Google, the new Apple TV is impressive (those comparisons come a bit further down in this review). Even compared to the previous Apple TV (the Apple TV 3), the new Apple TV is great. It’s easily the best streaming box on the market....