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Let’s face it, $200 is a lot to pay for a streaming device that will be obsolete in a few years. This is why Apple TV is taking a beating in the market. Chromecast, Roku and Amazon Fire devices all outsell Apple TV. Unless you are vested in the Apple ecosystem (own a lot of iTunes content, use AirPlay), a competing TV appliance is probably a better deal. These devices are still in their infancy. They’re going to change a lot. Apple TV 4 doesn’t even offer support for 4K resolution, unlike competing units. It’s theoretically possible to add this support with a software update. It’s just as likely that Apple will use 4K support to drive adoption of a fifth generation model. It would be par for the course.
Any Reason to Buy 64 GB Apple TV 4?
The only justification for purchasing a 64 GB Apple TV 4 is if you’re going to use a lot of apps. Perhaps a very large family will reach the limitations of a 32 GB Apple TV 4. Even with a large family, it’s hard to do this.
Games take up the most space, but there’s a lack of great titles for tvOS. They’re mostly cute little mobile games with blocky pixel graphics. You’re not going to be playing World of Warcraft or any major title on Apple TV 4. Unless you can get a 64 GB model at a reduced price, I wouldn’t recommend buying one. Even if you run out of space on a 32 GB model, there’s bound to be a slew of unused apps that can be removed to free up space.
When I purchased my 64 GB model, Apple TV 4 was new and had so many promises. The future of TV was apps and the tvOS App Store was going to have so many amazing apps and games. That didn’t turn out to be true. After almost a year, developers’ reception of tvOS has been lukewarm. Even though developers can recycle a lot of their iOS code for tvOS versions of their apps, it’s just not happening.
The main problem is that Apple TV 4 is not selling well. It’s not like the iPhone. Some of the most popular tvOS apps only have a few ratings, indicating that few people have installed them. Apple refuses to announce sales figures for Apple TV 4. It’s not a flop, but it doesn’t have the traction to produce the critical mass of app development that made the iPhone so amazing.
I bought the 64 GB model because I was fooled by Apple’s distortion reality field. Now I realize, I’m never going to come close to using 64 GB of space. Apple TV is not an iPhone. You’re not going to download videos or music on it. In fact, Apple doesn’t even provide that capability. Don’t be fooled into thinking tvOS is a gaming platform. Expect a smaller selection of the games that are available on your iPhone. They’re mobile games, not console or PC games. First and foremost, Apple TV 4 is a streaming device. The 64 GB model is unnecessary.