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T-Mobile TVision helps you get an Apple TV 4K on the cheap — but you might not want to

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Apple TV 4K has been our No. 1 streaming hardware for some time now. It's powerful, has all the features and specs you want — and it's the perfect addition if you're all in on Apple products anyway.

And now T-Mobile can get you one for just $99 (it's usually $179) if you sign up for its new TVision streaming TV service.

But there's a very good reason why you might well want to pass up this $100 deal. This model is getting long in the tooth. This is the fifth generation of Apple TV, and it was unveiled on Sept. 22, 2017 — more than three years ago at this point. That means we're expecting a refresh any day now.

It doesn't mean that the current Apple TV 4K is a bad product. The one I bought in 2017 runs just as good today as it does then. And it should continue to work really well for years to come — it's just a matter of when apps will stop supporting it. (The third-generation Apple TV just lost support for HBO, for instance, and it was released in 2012.)

So if you're getting T-Mobile TVision and want to take advantage of a $99 Apple TV 4K, have at it. That's a great price for a great box.

Just know that there's probably something better coming down the pike pretty shortly.

Phil Nickinson

Phil spent his 20s in the newsroom of the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, his 30s on the road for AndroidCentral.com and Mobile Nations, is the Dad part of Modern Dad, and is editor of WhatToWatch.com.