Which ATV should I get?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Will22, Oct 5, 2016.

  1. Will22 macrumors 65816

    Will22

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    Hi, I'm wanting to get an ATV but I'm unsure which I should get. Basically the main thing I want to do is mirror my iphone in at least 1080p but as I understand it the gen 4 will at some point be updated to 4K, is that right?

    Another thing that may make a difference is jailbreaking, I would be interested in jailbreaking it as I have with my iP6 and I will be doing with my iP7+ when it's possible. I'm not sure of the advantages of jailbreaking ATV.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. satcomer, Oct 5, 2016
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    satcomer macrumors 603

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    The Apple TV is not updated that often or yearly! So the current Model will be it for a couple more years! You will see an update when iTunes Movies start using HTML5!
     
  3. Hermes Monster macrumors 65816

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    Get the ATV4, 32GB should suffice. As mentioned above, there's unlikely to be an update for a year or two yet.

    I believe the 4 has been JB as well, or alternatively you get many apps on their with a dev account, things like Kodi etc

    As an aside, I'm not really sure why you'd want to JB it though, I haven't seen anything being done with it that would compel me to do so.
     
  4. tjwilliams25 macrumors 6502

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    Since the ATV 3 was just discontinued, I would suggest the ATV 4 32GB. Not only will it be supported for a while, but it has quite a bit more potential with the App Store.
     
  5. an-other macrumors regular

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    The big difference to me: ATV 3 has an optical output for sound. ATV 4 is hdmi only. I find I use my 3 more as a result as I have "vintage" stereo components.

    You may be able to find ATV 3 at clearance prices, too.

    I've noticed a crisper picture with ATV4, however that's just subjective. You'd have every right to be sceptical of that statement.
     
  6. Will22 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Will22

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    Thanks for all the answers. I will get the ATV 4 in that case.

    @Hermes Monster the reason for jailbreaking was for kodi tv but I didn't know until yesterday that it can be done without jailbreaking it.

    In regards to jailbreaking, can you still stream to ATV with a jailbroken iphone?
     
  7. StarShot macrumors 6502

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    Another point favoring the ATV4 is the ability to add apps. For example, I wanted to get "Sling" tv ONLY because it is the only way I can get the Pac 12 network WITH DTV. I've only had it for a week or so, but it's the best way I can display the Pac-12 on my 65" TV. Yes, I could also display the app via Air Play, but the DTV Sling app is more stable. I think it was the last ATV4 update that deleted most of the previous built-in ATV apps. Now they have to be downloaded from within the ATV4 system.
     

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