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Apple this morning started accepting pre-orders for its fourth-generation set-top box, the Apple TV, ahead of official launch this coming Friday.

The box comes in two storage flavors: one with thirty-two gigabytes of built-in flash storage, costing $149, and the other featuring double the storage for $199.

There has been some confusion as to how users might benefit from twice the storage, especially in relation to third-party apps and games.

So, should you order a 32 or 64GB Apple TV model?

According to Apple itself, choosing between the 32 and 64GB Apple TV model comes down to whether you’ll be using the gizmo to stream media and occasionally play games, or primarily for playing games and downloading apps from a built-in App Store.

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“If you plan to use your Apple TV primarily to stream movies, TV shows, and music or to play a few apps and games, you’ll probably be fine with 32GB of storage,” reads a notice on Apple’s official ‘Buy Apple TV’ webpage.

“If you plan to download and use lots of apps and games, choose the 64GB configuration. Keep in mind when making your decision, that some apps, when in use, do require additional storage.”

Third-party apps and games are limited to an up to 200MB initial download, but games will benefit from new APIs allowing them to retrieve additional resources, like new levels, transparently in the background as they’re needed.

On Demand Resources Apple TV

“It doesn’t mean that a game can only be 200MB in size, it simply means that the initial bundle—the portion of the app that’s required for a user to start using it—should be 200MB or less,” as my colleague Jeff Benjamin explained recently.

Even better, Apple is allowing third-party Apple TV apps to download an additional 2GB of resources immediately. An Apple TV app’s maximum footprint on the device can be 2.2GB at any given time.

As for on-demand resources (which are, again, additional app contents), these are hosted on the App Store and tvOS takes care of managing downloading and storage.

On Demand Resources Apple TV 2

As you quit apps that have downloaded additional resources, tvOS may choose to keep them on the device through multiple launch cycles, making access even faster, or delete them altogether should you run low on storage space.

Therefore, choosing the right Apple TV model in terms of storage plays an important factor in what kind of user experience you can expect from the device.

“There is no persistent local storage for apps on Apple TV,” as per Apple’s documentation for developers. “This means that every app developed for the new Apple TV must be able to store data in iCloud and retrieve it in a way that provides a great customer experience.”

Which Apple TV model will you be ordering, the $149 32GB model or the $199 64GB one? I’ll be picking up one with 64 gigabytes of storage, just to be on the safe side.

Source: Apple

  • jalexcarter

    I did 64GB as well, just to be safe, I don’t see myself using it to play that many games since i have an Xbox One for that but you never know.

    • Beat Modz

      Yeah exactly, I have a PlayStation 4 but sucks at its media center.. So I buy this instead for media player and not for games.

  • philip Mills

    Whent for the 32GB

  • Adrian

    I already have a PS4 for watching movies & games… So I will need other reasons to buy… Doesn’t this thing act as a HomeKit hub? Sadly I do not know much about home automation, but I would like to jump in on it.

  • Ike

    I went with 32gb hopefully i should b good

  • I went with 64gb because they’ve changed the rules on app sizes before. I would rather have more space just in case.

  • Eikast

    32GB. I have absolutely 0 interest in gaming. I have a PS4, Custom Built Gaming PC, and an Nvidia Android TV.

  • Beat Modz

    32 GB and just using it for Media Content.

  • Kenneth Delgado

    64 all day, go big or go home!

  • Tommy

    So . . . Can we store movies on it finally so we don’t have to have an iTunes library open somewhere? That would be amazing.

    • Use a third party service such as Plex or Infuse. No need to use iTunes library now that third party apps are allowed.

  • James G

    64GB. x2!

    • James G

      Hoping for a jailbreak!

      • Ha! Better hold out that hope until like 2019, aka “when the AppleTV with 4k support will probably be out”.

  • mahe

    As there aren’t any games right now or there isn’t known how much storage they ned …
    I’ll buy the small one and if I really need moe storage I’ll buy a big one too.

  • Just get a FireTV instead and think about how little you really use AirPlay (most of us anyway) and how stupid it would be to buy an inferior product just because it’ll do that one function. That’t my thought process anyway.

  • Claire wine

    probably might regret this down the line but i jumped in head first and got the 64gb I really want apps on the tv to work with apple time will tell. Reason ive gone for 64gb well ive had a 32gb ipad in past and had that low storage warning that really annoyed me and i haven’t managed to fill my 64gb iphone yet.

  • Briggamortis

    The obvious question on everybodys mind is…. Will Boom Beach be available to play on my apple tv when I get it?

    • Ronn Padua

      This is a question I am waiting to be answered as well.
      Apple, anyone knows?

  • Brian Helladog

    64, cause I’m fricken rich.

  • TDD140

    Side note: So to upgrade from 32gb to 64gb on the Apple TV cost us only $50 extra, but on iPhones it’s $100 extra? Really? Evil.

    • Mike Colacone Saal

      lol i was just thinking the exact same thing

      and that’s going from 16-64

  • klouud

    I went with the 32GB model for these reasons: When I was an avid iOS gamer, I normally would not have more than 15-20 Gigs of apps (not just games) on my phone at any given time. In all honesty, it was mainly due to laziness coupled with lack of free time to burn through all the games. You really don’t need any more than 3-5 games on a device at any given period of time. Therefore, I went with the 32GB model which will free up $50 for a game controller. And if it turns out that I should have purchased a 64GB model, I will do so next year (hopefully) when the ATV5 is released. The ATV4 will then be moved into the bedroom and the old ATV3’s will be sold or given away as presents. Seems legit.

  • Shaw Wakefield

    Great article! For those who live outside US like me, you can access Netflix, Hulu and similar media stations on your Apple TV by using UnoTelly or similar tools.