Best Apple TV Prime Day Deal for 2021

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Apple’s products are always among the most popular targets for shoppers taking advantage of Prime Day deals, including the Apple TV streaming devices. Amazon, however, is not the only retailer with Apple TV deals today, as Walmart is also offering a discount for the Apple TV 4K (2020) in its concurrent Deals for Days event. The streaming device is available from Walmart for $70 off, bringing its price down to just $99 from its original price of $169.

The Apple TV 4K (2020) is a set-top box that’s very easy to set up for iOS device owners. After selecting language and country, you just need to hold your iPhone or iPad near the streaming device. This will transfer your Wi-Fi and Apple ID information, granting you access to all your iTunes purchases through the Apple TV 4K. Making the streaming device even more helpful is its integration of Siri, which in addition to enabling voice commands for basic playback functions, may be used for things like bringing up suggestions for TV shows and films that you might enjoy, and adding subtitles for parts that you didn’t understand.

You can access virtually unlimited content on the Apple TV 4K through the apps of your favorite streaming services on the App Store, so you’ll never run out of things to watch. You’ll have fun consuming all the 4K content that the device can find, especially since it’s lightning-fast with the help of Apple’s A10X Fusion processor. Visuals aren’t the only good thing though, as the Apple TV 4K also provides Dolby Atmos support for a more immersive audio experience.

Apple fans who want to buy a streaming device should take advantage of Walmart’s offer for the Apple TV 4K (2020), as an alternative to Amazon’s Prime Day deals. You can purchase the Apple TV 4K with a $70 discount, lowering its price to just $99 from its original price of $169. If you’ve decided to buy the streaming device from Walmart, you should click that Buy Now button as soon as you can as its stocks will likely not last for long.

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This story is part of Amazon Prime Day 2021, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Prime Day 2021 is just days away, taking place Monday and Tuesday and if you’re looking for a deal on Apple devices — Apple Watch, MacBook, iPad, AirPods and Beats — this is the best time of year to find them outside of Black Friday. We’re keeping a close eye on Apple, and the deals Amazon and others are offering. 

Retailers announced their rival sales to Prime Day, including Target’s Deal Days running from June 20-22 and Walmart’s Deals for Days taking place June 20-23, so they’re also a great place to look for the best discounts on Apple products. What you’ll find below are our favorite Apple deals across all categories but we have lists with Prime Day bargains smartwatches, iPads, Macbooks, AirPods and Beats headphones.

Two important things to keep in mind: Note that prices and availability are accurate at time of publication, but they tend to fluctuate. And, just as importantly, the prices here could dip even lower once these sales hit their stride on Monday and beyond. 

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You Can Get iOS 15’s ‘Live Text’ On Your iPhone Now–But Not From Apple

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As revealed earlier this month in Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, the next versions of iOS, macOS and iPadOS 15 this fall include a feature called Live Text, which looks remarkably useful. It lets you search for text in an image via the Photos app, copy that text and then paste it into another document.

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But not all iPhones, iPads or Macs will be able to use it. It relies on technology Apple calls the Neural Engine, present in the company’s A12 Bionic mobile processors – introduced in 2018 – and newer. On Macs, it’s limited to the latest models with its own M1 processor.

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A version of this feature has been around for a while in Google Photos, and it came to the iOS version in 2019. You can download the Google Photos app for iOS and iPad, to start using it, and the capability also is available on the on the Google Photos website. 

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How Apple video calls are coming to Android

The days when you needed an iPhone, iPad or Mac to join a FaceTime video call will soon be over. In a move widely seen as Apple’s answer to Zoom video calls, the software giant is making it possible for people who have Android phones and Windows laptops to hop on FaceTime calls — no iPhone required.

graphical user interface, application: In iOS 15, you'll be able to join a FaceTime call from your iPhone, Android or Windows device. Screenshot by CNET

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In iOS 15, you’ll be able to join a FaceTime call from your iPhone, Android or Windows device. Screenshot by CNET

That isn’t to say that Apple devices are cut out of the process. In fact, they’re still so much part of the heart of FaceTime that the system will rely on the upcoming iOS 15 operating system to look and work more like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. In addition to being able to video chat people outside Apple’s bubble, FaceTime updates will include a new grid view and the ability to schedule calls.

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Most folks will have to wait to try out FaceTime with Android and Windows users after the iOS 15 beta arrives next month, or when the finished iOS 15 product arrives in the fall. (Here’s how to download the developer beta version now.) But we can walk you through how you’ll be able to join FaceTime calls now, no matter what device you’re using.

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How you’ll FaceTime using Android or Windows

The key here isn’t that the FaceTime app is coming to Android and Windows. It’s that you’ll be able to jump on a FaceTime call using a link. So, if you’re using an Android or Windows device and have a friend or family member with an Apple device, they can send you a link to join a FaceTime call through text, email, WhatsApp or a calendar invite. 


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Once you get the link, all you have to do is click on it, and it will open in your browser. You’ll be able to join the call from there, without having to download a separate app or own an Apple device.

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