Apple TV HD With Original Siri Remote is Now Vintage

Apple this week added the Apple TV HD with the original Siri Remote to its vintage products list. The device became vintage on June 30, according to an internal memo obtained by MacRumors, but the public-facing list was only updated recently.

Apple TV HD Siri Remote Without Menu Ring
When the Apple TV HD was first released in 2015, it came with a first-generation Siri Remote without a white ring around the Menu button — only units that shipped with this ring-less remote are now considered vintage. Apple added a white ring to the Menu button in 2017 to make the button more prominent when picking up the remote.

Apple TV HD units that shipped with a Siri Remote with a white ring (which is still considered the first-generation Siri Remote) or the second-generation Siri Remote (silver with a circular trackpad) have not been classified as vintage.

A device is classified as vintage after five years have passed since Apple last distributed the device for sale. Vintage products are typically ineligible for repairs at Apple Stores or Apple Authorized Service Providers, unless parts are still available.

Apple continues to sell the Apple TV HD (originally known as the fourth-generation Apple TV) for $149. Beyond changes to the Siri Remote, the device has not received any hardware upgrades since being released nearly seven years ago.

A new Apple TV is planned for release later in 2022, according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, and it could feature an A14 chip and an increased 4GB of RAM.

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Top Rated Comments

dantracht Avatar
7 months ago
Yet it's still being sold. Um.....huh?

That being said, I have one in my kitchen that still works quite well.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Wokis Avatar
7 months ago
So some AppleTV HD with the A8 SoC are now considered vintage while other AppleTV HD with the same A8 SoC are NOT considered vintage due to a very minor revision of the damned remote?

Damn what a useless way of labelling things :D
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
turbineseaplane Avatar
7 months ago
I’ll buck the trend…

With a silicone case on it, I really like the Siri remote (with big trackpad)

Briefly tried the newest one and really dislike the loud click sounds and “trackpad on buttons” solution.

Could live with either but prefer the older remote (silicon case required though!)
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
t0rqx Avatar
7 months ago

Yet it's still being sold. Um.....huh?
They need to deplete them stock, earn them cashdollars.
Score: 16 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lostPod Avatar
7 months ago
Nice. Dropped this remote today on my tile and the glass broke. Not a big fan of this remote. I still like the old silver ones better lol.

Edit: only referring to the remote — tv is still good
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Radeon85 Avatar
7 months ago
Good riddance to that horrific touch remote, pain in the ass to use and teaching new owners especially older people how to use it and treat it like a laptop touchpad was really annoying. The current updated version is how it should have been done from the start.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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