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Apple TV 4K 32GB vs. 64GB: Which storage size should you get?

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Most people should get the Apple TV 4K with 32GB. It's the same device as the one with double the storage, just less expensive and with less storage. If you want to, say, download every Apple Arcade game, though, maybe check out the 64GB version.

Apple TV 32 vs. 64: How this breaks down

The Apple TV 4K is Apple's streaming box. It streams 4K, HDR10, and Dolby Vision-capable content on compatible TVs and runs Apple's tvOS, a variant of iOS. It supports full-fledged third-party apps, from streaming apps like Netflix to real estate programs like Zillow. It also features full support for Apple Arcade.

Apple TV 4K (32GB)Apple TV 4K (64GB)
Max resolution2160p (4K)2160p (4K)
Dolby VisionYesYes
Dolby AtmosYesYes
Voice controlSiriSiri
CPUApple A12 BionicApple A12 Bionic
Wi-Fi802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6)
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0Bluetooth 5.0

The Apple TV 4K is powered by the A12 chip and comes with either 32GB and 64GB of storage. Of the two models of Apple TV 4K, this is the only difference. Everything else about the devices is exactly the same between the two models: same hardware, same software, same app support.

Apple TV 32 vs. 64: Which should you buy?

The Apple TV experience is mostly centered around media, be it from Apple Music, Apple TV+, or streaming apps like Netflix. Most of that media, no matter its origin, is streamed. Therefore, you don't need a lot of storage on your Apple TV 4K if all you're doing is streaming, and thus, you should probably stick with the less-expensive 32GB model.

But if you like to download a lot of media, apps, and games, the 64GB model might be for you. Especially if you're an Apple Arcade subscriber who wants to play games on your TV using a controller, then you'll want to check out the larger model. Your choice will depend on how you plan to use your device.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.