should I buy now apple TV 4th gen.?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by ToM7, Nov 1, 2016.

  1. ToM7 macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2008
    because the it's one year after the release, I don't know what to do right now
    should I get one? or I'll just wait until next lunch maybe in feb-mar?
  2. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    Nobody knows Apple's timing. With :apple:TV, the average is about one ever 2.5 years, but that doesn't really mean anything either. We've had upwards of 4 years between updates.

    If you want what it does, buy one and enjoy it now. If money is tight, buy a refurb or even a used one. Note too that this is "black Friday" month and many stores will likely do something with this product to sweeten the deal. If an update comes out sooner than expected, sell it and buy the updated one if you want that one.

    Basically, at even the price of new vs. used (re)selling prices, you might risk upwards of maybe $100 at the very most if you buy now. $100 over 10 months is risking $10/month. $100 over 20 months is risking $5/month. One less Starbucks or McDonalds meal per month mitigates up to all of that monthly risk. AND you get to enjoy the benefits of an :apple:TV now.

    More simply: price vs. resale is just too low to sweat this particular decision much. Get one if you want one. It's packed with a ton of great benefits. Enjoy them for cheap.
  3. jdag macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2012
    Will you use it? How will you use it? You really need to answer those questions for the AppleTV or any streaming box. If you only care about Netflix, you can accomplish that with a $40 FireTV Stick or Roku. If you want to AirPlay you need an AppleTV. If you plan to use Plex, they all support it, but the AppleTV app is top notch.

    I am a huge fan, and use 2 of my 3 AppleTVs every single day. The 3rd is used less often only because it is in my basement home theater which gets less use in general than the day-to-day sets.

    So for 2 of my 3 boxes, they cost me about $0.30/day for my year of use. Yeah, good value.
  4. hiphopdan macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2009
    Just snagged a refurbished 32gb 4th gen on eBay for $119 with free shipping and couldn't be happier.

    I had a 2nd gen I purchased at launch which has been acting up recently. Constant Netflix and Hulu crashes, so I was mainly using it for screen mirroring, and running the other apps on my PS4 (which I hated doing).

    Anyway, to answer your question -- i'd be surprised if and when there's a new AppleTV it will be a major overhaul, based on the previous timelines. I'd say go ahead and grab one, it's totally worth it.
  5. hinesmj macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2015
    New York
  6. bopajuice Suspended


    Mar 22, 2016
    Dark side of the moon
    My son is a huge Apple fan and has been for a long time. He meticulously researches a product before purchasing it. He recently purchased the AppleTV 4 and returned it. Had issues, kept freezing up, connecting, etc., next one had issues too. He returned them and purchased a Roku Ultra with 4K support. He is very happy with it. In my opinion for him to do that says a lot. I was utterly shocked he did not purchase an Apple product.

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