Apple Home Internet and Media Streamers
Apple branded home Internet and media streaming devices consist of Apple TV and Apple TV 4K. Choosing one will depend on several factors, though whichever you choose will give you a strong Apple experience.Different Generations
Apple TVs were first brought to market in 2007, and there have been 4 more generations since. The first generation to run a variation of IOS was the 2nd generation box. There is not much memory space on the early generation Apple TVs though, so if you are looking for a device that you can play games on as well as stream media, you will need to look at 4th generation Apple TVs.Apple TV vs Apple TV 4K
Is it worth the extra money to purchase the 4K model now, or should you wait? As with most tech purchasing decisions, the answer is: it depends. Apple TV 4K 32GB models are very close in cost to the equivalent size Apple TV. In fact, if you want to be on the bleeding edge of what Apple TVs offer, you may want to buy one now. On the other hand, if you do not have a 4K TV and there are no plans to buy one in the future, the fourth generation Apple TV will meet your needs.Do I Need a Smart TV?
You do not need a smart TV to work with your Apple TV. A smart TV can access Internet streaming content on its own, however an Apple TV presents a streaming experience in one package. In fact, if you do not have a smart TV, you can still hook up an Apple TV and benefit from all of the services it offers so long as your TV has an HDMI port.Using Apple TV With Other Apple Products
If you already have an iPhone or other Apple products, you will find it easy to integrate your new Apple TV into your system. The streaming devices run versions of the IOS software you find on mobile devices. You will be able to access your iTunes library and other content with your Apple TV. On the other hand, if this is your first Apple product, it will run fine on its own.