Apple has expanded the capability to make FaceTime calls on the Apple TV 4K with the newest updates of iOS 17 and tvOS 17. To use this feature, make sure you meet the necessary requirements. For iPhone users, this means having an iPhone XS or XR model or newer. However, determining if your Apple TV is compatible is a bit more challenging. You must have a second or third-generation Apple TV 4K (the HD model is not supported).
Can you determine which model you own? There are methods to determine this, but while testing this feature, I found out that I bought a first-generation Apple TV 4K in 2022, which is now outdated and less expensive. This means that I am eligible for an upgrade, just like anyone else who wants to use the new FaceTime option.
To determine the specific model of your Apple TV 4K, you can either inspect the device itself, where there are small details printed on its body in tiny font (use your iPhone’s Magnifier feature with the flashlight), or by turning on your Apple TV and navigating to Settings > General > About. On the About screen, locate the Model field. The corresponding numbers for each Apple TV 4K model can be found in this support note and are summarized below:
The first generation of the Apple TV 4K was launched in 2017 and includes a black Siri Remote (first generation).
The second generation of Apple TV 4K, model number A2169, was released in 2021 and includes a silver Siri Remote (second generation).
Apple has chosen to release two models in 2022: one with Wi-Fi capability for local networking (A2737) and the other with added gigabit ethernet (A2843). Both models include a silver Siri Remote, which is labeled as third generation but appears identical to the previous silver remote.
In nations where Siri is available, the remote for Apple TV is referred to as the Siri Remote. In countries without Siri, it is known as the Apple TV Remote.
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The 2022 version of Apple TV 4K with 64GB storage.