How often do new ATVs come out?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by nmills, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. nmills macrumors regular

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    I'm considering an ATV3 (that's the current gen, right?)
    I'm wondering how often they come out. They weren't in the buyer's guide, so I wasn't sure if they follow "schedules" like the other apple products.

    Are most of the new features done with upgrades? Or with the new hardware releases?
     
  2. basesloaded190 macrumors 68030

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    Not frequently enough to put a normal release schedule together for it. I would get the Apple TV 3 now. No one really has any idea when/if they will release another one.
     
  3. nmills thread starter macrumors regular

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    Great, thanks!!
     
  4. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Wikipedia can be your best friend...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appletv#Technical_specifications

    So basically the first gen ran from 2007 until mid-2010, the second gen ran mid-2010 until early 2012. My guess is that we won't see an upgraded AppleTV until next year at the earliest. This is purely speculative.
     
  5. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 603

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    Also they sell for about as much used as new (look it up). Even if you have to take a hit of say 50% to sell it used in a few years, that's only $50. "Rent" it for 2 years or so for $99 then sell it for $50-$75 so that your net for a couple years of :apple:TV fun is only $25 to $50.
     
  6. jmcgeejr macrumors 6502

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    Definitely buy one now, the demand could go through the roof if they do open up an SDK for it as speculated.
     
  7. crisg macrumors member

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    the current ATV3 is a relatively new product very early in it's cycle -- we prob won't see a refresh for another 2-3 years.
     

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