Should I buy the current 3rd Generation Apple TV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by smallboxes, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2013
    Saw the Apple TV at a store and thought it was cool. With all the new updates and hardware redesigns coming this Fall I was wondering whether I should invest in buying one or not.

    Also, I fished around the internet for information on the AppleTV and there was a lot of "cable" suggestions.

    Do I still need cables (HDMI, AUDIO, mini display..etc) for the AppleTV to work? Even though it has Airplay/Mirroring?

    Should I bother investing in it with the Fall overhaul of Apple updates and redesigns?:apple:
  2. macrumors regular

    Dec 12, 2012
    It's hard to tell if and when Apple will introduce a fourth-generation Apple TV. If the current version does what you want, go ahead and buy. There's no guarantee Apple will debut a new version this fall.

    The only cable you need to supply with an Apple TV is an HDMI to hook it up to your TV. You can hook it up to Ethernet or an optical cable if you want, but neither is critical to normal operation.
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2013
    What is the difference between "male to male" and "female to female", I just searched HDMI cables on Amazon and one of the cables is just "male-to-male" what is the difference?
  4. macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2010
    You will want a male-to-male HDMI cable. Try or Amazon Basics.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2013
    yes.You will want a male-to-male HDMI cable. Try or Amazon Basics. [​IMG]
  6. macrumors 65816


    Oct 21, 2011
    I say buy it. It's only $100 so even if a new one comes out later this year you can sell your old one and upgrade for $50 max. Get a refurb if you want to save a bit on the outlay.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Sep 20, 2012
    I was in this exact predicament and I thought for the sake of £80 you may as well buy it. There's no guarantee a new one will come out in the Autumn and even if it does, you may lose £30-40, but for the sake of 3-4 months use it's worth it. Mine should be arriving today! :D
  8. macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2013
    It was a no brainer purchase for me. I bought it mainly for Netflix,HBO Go, & Watch ESPN. HBO alone is paying for my AppleTv. True Blood seasons cost $40 on blu-ray, watching the last few seasons has paid for itself. Granted I have Uverse and pay a subscription for HBO also.
  9. macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
    I'm going to replace my 2 with a 3. I just got a new 1080p tv. And the 2 already looks pretty damn good pushing 720p.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    I completely believe it's the best $99 you can spend on technology.
  11. macrumors 603

    May 21, 2009
    If your only buying one go for it

    But I wouldn't buy multiple apple tvs right now
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 5, 2010
    Tell us more about what impressed you about it, what type of functionality you're hoping to get out of it, what other Apple products you currently own (e.g., iPhone, MacBook), what type of TV and A/V Receiver you currently have, what country you live in, and whether you consider $100 to be in impulse-buy territory or if that's a big expense for you. We can provide more valuable advice if we know these details.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2013
    For me Netflix , Airplay and youtube totally justify the apple tv 3, i like it.
  14. thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2013
    I will purchase a male-to-male hdmi cable and the 3rd Generation Apple TV. Thank you everybody for the input!
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