Apple TV 4K: New $179 Apple streamer provides HDR, higher gaming

12 September 2017 | 10:54 pm

A brand new field for the subsequent technology of video.

The Apple TV 4K revamps the corporate’s streaming media system and TV portal to all of your iTunes content material. Together with new and up to date streaming video choices, the upgraded field brings 4K-resolution and excessive dynamic vary video to the largest screens in your house.  

Final absolutely up to date in 2015, the fourth-gen Apple TV lagged behind its main streaming opponents on and worth, regardless of software program updates and enticing options like Siri voice search, the flexibility to go on to a reside channel inside supported reside TV apps and one in all greatest remotes available on the market.

With Apple investing as much as $1 billion in authentic content material, although, it was excessive time for some recent . The upgraded field will promote for $179 with 32GB of storage or 64GB for $199. (Within the UK it is £179 or £199; in Australia it is AU$249 or AU$279.) It provides compatibility with 4K in addition to HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR video. Meaning the brand new field will ship the perfect three,820×2,160-pixel decision and — extra importantly — the improved coloration palettes and distinction ratios of excessive dynamic vary (HDR) video when related to appropriate TVs.

In fact, if you do not have a 4K HDR TV or plans to get one very quickly, it can save you your cash and keep on with the fourth-gen Apple TV, nonetheless obtainable for $149, £139 or AU$239 with 32GB of storage. Whereas you will get that mannequin now, you may have to attend till Sept. 15 to order the 4K mannequin, which can ship on Sept. 22. 


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Below the hood

Rumors of the brand new field operating on an A10X Fusion processor (the identical used within the iPad Professional) turned out to be appropriate. That makes it twice as quick because the fourth-gen Apple TV and with 4 occasions the graphics efficiency, based on Apple. The up to date parts promise to not solely maintain efficiency zippy with the higher-resolution interface and content material, however provides you with a greater expertise with informal video games.

The Apple TV 4K may even have a built-in 4K video scaler to enhance the look of HD content material so it appears to be like higher on a 4K-resolution TV. Apple additionally stated it would output on the highest decision potential in your TV and robotically detect your 4K TV’s capabilities to tweak your setup for the perfect expertise.

Up to date connections embrace Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and Bluetooth 5.zero. The video out is now HDMI 2.0a to assist 4K HDR video. 

And in case you have been hoping for a brand new distant, you are primarily out of luck. The one change appears to be a brand new white ring across the Menu button. 

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What to observe

As you’d anticipate, you can purchase 4K and HDR-enabled movies on iTunes. Apple did not simply announce their availability, nevertheless, it is also letting anybody replace their HD-resolution collections to 4K without cost if obtainable. Pricing for HD and 4K content material would be the identical, too. You may additionally be capable to ask Siri to point out you 4K HDR films so you will not should work too laborious to search out stuff to observe.

As for providers, Apple stated it’s working with Netflix and Amazon to convey their 4K choices to the brand new field later this yr. There was no point out of the lately added Vudu service, nevertheless. 

Different content material updates embrace the addition of reside sports activities and information. The TV app, which helps greater than 60 providers now, could be searched by voice for video games and scores. In case your favourite staff is enjoying, you may merely ask Siri to observe it and if it is reside on ESPN, say, it would robotically change and stream. A brand new devoted Sports activities tab lets US customers get proper to the purpose and inspect all of your favourite groups and leagues. 

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Pay attention up

The Apple TV 4K will assist AirPlay 2 when it arrives later this yr. Not solely will this make it straightforward to ship photographs, video and music out of your different iOS units to your TV, however it would additionally permit your Apple TV to regulate a number of AirPlay 2-compatible audio system, together with Apple’s personal upcoming HomePods

Extra, however nonetheless extra

Apple might have hit a candy spot with options with the Apple TV 4K, just by supporting each HDR10 and Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR requirements. Then once more, so does the Google Chromecast Extremely, which is predicted in November and is greater than $100 cheaper. Google’s puck won’t be as highly effective as Apple’s field, its search not as unified and it lacks the comfort of a devoted distant management, however it would stream 4K from Netflix, YouTube and Vudu at launch. And once more, it is over $100 much less. 

Roku’s 4K HDR bins — the $100 Premiere+ and $130 Extremely — solely assist HDR10, however you do get a pleasant distant with a built-in headset jack (plus fundamental voice search on the Extremely), a a lot higher collection of apps together with Amazon and, on the Extremely, an optical audio output to be used with older receivers and sound bars.

Principally, in case you’re planning to get a 4K HDR TV or have already got one and you have racked up a number of iTunes purchases, the Apple TV 4K appears to be like like the reply, albeit an expensive one. We’ll hopefully be again quickly with a full evaluation. 

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