New Apple TV: What You Need to Know

Apps take center stage in Apple's new set top box.

— -- Apple is ready to deliver on its promise of bringing the revamped Apple TV to living rooms by the end of October.

Pre-orders for the new set top boxes, which come in two sizes, are set to begin today, with units shipping later this week, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who announced the news last week at WSDJLive, The Wall Street Journal’s global technology conference.

The device comes with two storage options: $149 for 32 GB and $199 for 64 GB. Among its features is the Siri remote which simplifies how users navigate and select content. It features a glass touch surface for you to control with your hand, or you can use your voice to search shows and movies by cast, title genre or popularity.