Apple discontinues 2015 Apple TV HD, first model to run tvOS

The first-generation Apple TV 4K was released as early as 2017, but Apple also kept the fourth-generation Apple TV, also known as Apple TV HD, in its product lineup. However, with the release of the next-generation Apple TV 4K, Apple has discontinued sales of the Apple TV HD, and the company's official store is no longer available.

Launched in 2015, the fourth-generation Apple TV was the first model to run tvOS, a completely iOS-based operating system, and the first to bring the App Store with third-party apps to Apple TV, The device comes with an A8 chip and 2GB of RAM.

Aside from tvOS, one of the highlights of the fourth-generation Apple TV compared to older Apple TVs is the Siri remote, which features a touchpad and motion sensors. When the Apple TV launched, prices for the 32GB version started at $149. Even with the release of two new generations of Apple TV, the Apple TV HD still sells in the line for $149.

In 2017, Apple announced the first Apple TV to support 4K HDR content, powered by the A10X Fusion chip. Then in 2021, that model is replaced by an Apple TV 4K with an A12 Bionic chip and a redesigned Siri remote. Interestingly, the Apple TV HD was updated with a new Siri remote last year.

The new 2022 Apple TV 4K is equipped with the A15 Bionic chip, which is 50% faster than the A12 chip. Equipped with a Siri remote, with a USB-C charging port, no Lightning port. Apple has doubled the storage capacity to 64GB and 128GB, and lowered the starting price to $129. As a result, the company discontinued all other Apple TVs.

Currently, Apple is still providing software updates for the fourth-generation Apple TV and beyond, as all models released since then run tvOS 16.

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