Report: New Apple TV gets A8 chip, but not 4K support

The fourth-generation Apple TV will have a faster processor, but will lack support for 4K video streaming, 9to5Mac reports. Sources said the new Apple TV will contain the A8 chip found in current iPhones — making it much faster than the previous Apple TV model — and run an iOS 9 core capable of reducing the size of App Store apps and improving load times for gaming. But even with all its hardware upgrades, the new Apple TV won’t feature 4K support for content streaming or AirPlay and sports the same HDMI and USB ports as the current Apple TV box. There is still speculation about whether the new Apple TV will feature the same 8 GB of internal storage as previous models, with sources saying Apple has considered making a 16 GB model the new standard — or at least offering a model with 16 GB of storage for a slightly higher price. Either way, sources seem to agree that some model of the new set-top box will start at $149.

The device’s motion-sensitive metal remote control will now come in a black/gray color, as opposed to the silver remote found with past Apple TVs. A Siri and Home button will be found beneath a touchpad, with rocker buttons on the side that may act as volume controls.

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