New Apple TV Australian pricing and availability

Alex Kidman 27 October 2015 NEWS

Apple has opened up Australian orders for its next-generation Apple TV set-top box.

Apple has opened up orders for its newest Apple TV in Australia, with the online store suggesting a three-day shipping time from today.

While the new Apple TV does everything that previous versions did in terms of access to streaming services and iTunes content, it’s also able to run iOS-style apps directly on your TV screen. However, the new Apple TV isn’t technically an iOS device. It runs on Apple’s new “tvOS”, which means that developers will need to rewrite apps, and apps you already have will need to be purchased again for the new Apple TV. That said, we would expect many apps to stay in line with existing app practices and be offered free of charge.

Currently, the apps are focused squarely on the gaming side of things, with big name franchises such as Skylanders and Rayman set to launch on what is essentially Apple’s take on a gaming console with TV streaming features.

The new Apple TV is also Siri-equipped, which means you can initiate searches of Apple TV content with your voice via the Siri Remote. The idea is that Siri will perform searches across all relevant content types, so if your choice of movie is available on, say, Netflix and Apple iTunes, it will show you both options.

Apple sells the new Apple TV in two configurations, with either 32GB or 64GB of built-in memory. As is the case with all iOS devices, Apple is notoriously reticent about allowing storage expansion on its iOS devices, so it’s a matter of managing your storage relative to your needs.

The new Apple TV costs $269 for the 32GB version or $349 for the 64GB variant. There’s a slight conversion pricing slug compared to Apple’s US pricing, which sits at USD$149 and USD$199 for the 32GB and 64GB models respectively. That would roughly equate to around $230 and $300 at current rates including GST.

The older, third-generation Apple TV set-top box isn’t being discontinued and will continue to be sold for $109, although it’s sometimes possible to reduce that price a little through third-party retailers.

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