Apple Said to be Phasing Out Third-Generation Apple TV

Apple is said to be in the process of phasing out the third-generation Apple TV, according to 9to5Mac.

A source who spoke to the tech news site has indicated that Apple is pulling the device from its brick-and-mortar retail stores, with staff instructed to remove any remaining models from store shelves.

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The claim comes despite the fact that the third-generation device is still available to purchase under the TV heading of Apple's online store, albeit at the bottom of the section page, with the option to compare the model with the fourth-generation device also still listed.

The third-generation Apple TV was released back in 2012 and received a spec bump the following year, but the model lacks the App Store native to tvOS, which also benefits from deep Siri integration and a touch-based remote that doubles as a controller.

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32 months ago
I'm still using a 3rd gen. It does everything I need it to do.

I can see myself keeping it for a long time too.
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32 months ago

I'm still using a 3rd gen. It does everything I need it to do.

I can see myself keeping it for a long time too.


Same. We've had ours since 2012 and it continues to provide everything we need. We're not heavy aTV users: so long as it does YouTube, Netflix, and AirPlay, we're good.
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32 months ago

I still don't even know what the 4th gen does that my 3rd gen can't. Games? Ha.

As far as apps are concerned, I don't think that there is anything the 4th gen does that an iPhone w/AirPlay + a 3rd gen can't do.

Meanwhile, VUDU support is still awful. No native app and no AirPlay support.


Plex.
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32 months ago
When they get 4k content and a 4k device I'll get rid of my third gen
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32 months ago
I hope Apple would replace the 3rd gen ATV with an Airplay Only version (with video mirroring) for about $35.
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32 months ago

I'm still using a 3rd gen. It does everything I need it to do.

I can see myself keeping it for a long time too.

Same here, the 4th gen doesn't seem to offer a great deal extra for UK customers and the £10 price hike makes it even less appealing.
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32 months ago

Same here, the 4th gen doesn't seem to offer a great deal extra for UK customers and the £10 price hike makes it even less appealing.

I'm still using the 3rd gen as well and its more because I like the UI better for apps like Netflix and because I cannot stand using the Siri Remote either.

I have the 4th gen sitting next to the TV in the bedroom and the 3rd gen sitting directly on top of it hooked up. I'm using the Roku 4 in the front room and have been happy with that and like the remote far better too.
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32 months ago

I'm still using a 3rd gen. It does everything I need it to do.


We've had ours since 2012 and it continues to provide everything we need.


As far as apps are concerned, I don't think that there is anything the 4th gen does that an iPhone w/AirPlay + a 3rd gen can't do.


The 4th is faster and easier to use but the two 3s do everything I use my 4th for (Netflix, AirPlay).


the aTV3 hits most of the big requirements for a streaming device.


One thing that should be added to these statements is that the ATV3 apps are superior to the ATV4 versions. Especially Netflix.

Netflix on the ATV4 looks nice, but trying to navigate it is strange. Why do they not have genres anymore like the ATV3 still does?

Also, YouTube on the ATV4 is horrible, it is very limited.

The only improvements of the ATV4 version of apps, other than eye candy, is Hulu's load time is a little faster on the ATV4.
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32 months ago

like what? the ATV 4 has always been $150. no hike there.

edit: oh wait, are you saying in the UK…



There needs to be a UK-only price thread so people can commiserate about Apple adjusting prices to match their weakening currency. It would be much less confusing to non-UK folk.
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32 months ago
What the aTV4 does is more in potential. It allows other content providers to offer native apps w/o needing a special deal with Apple.
However in reality, the aTV3 hits most of the big requirements for a streaming device.
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