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New Apple TV available for pre-order next week

Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced that the company’s new set-top box will be released next week, with pre-orders starting on Monday.

When the new Apple TV was announced, a vague release date of “late October” was suggested. It looks like Apple was true to its word, as the keenly-anticipated device is set for online pre-orders from Monday October 26, with shipments “likely to be sent out by the end of that week.” That means early adopters should be able to get hold of an Apple TV before Halloween.

Should you be excited about the latest Apple TV? Well, it’s a huge upgrade from the third-generation device (still available for $69) and boasts a lot of new features. As well as being a living room media hub capable of playing music and videos, it now includes a full App Store – meaning developers can make apps and games for the device. It’s technical specifications aren’t too shabby either, with roughly the same processing power as an iPad Air 2.

The new remote motion control sensors which will come in handy for those games we mentioned earlier. Plus a built-in microphone with deep support for Siri – you’ll be able to ask for “animated movies for kids – just the good ones” and it will use a clever ‘universal search’ to show you results from multiple apps. You can look through Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant video etc in one fell swoop.

The fourth-generation Apple TV costs $149 with 32GB storage or $199 for the 64GB version. No word yet on prices for the rest of the world – stay tuned.

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