Apple has announced a major upgrade to its Apple TV box.
The new version uses Apple’s A15 Bionic a 64-bit ARM-based system on a chip, which the Cupertino company began to use with the iPhone 13.
The A15 Bionic chip means Apple can deliver faster performance and “more fluid” gameplay.
There is now support for HDR10+ in addition to Dolby Vision.
Two versions of Apple TV 4K are available Apple TV 4K (Wi-Fi), which offers 64GB of storage; and Apple TV 4K (Wi-Fi + Ethernet), which offers support for Gigabit Ethernet for fast networking and streaming, thread mesh networking protocol to connect to smart home accessories, and twice the storage for apps and games (128GB).
“Apple TV 4K is the ultimate way for Apple users to enjoy their favorite entertainment on the biggest screen in the home, and now it is more powerful than ever,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “The new Apple TV 4K is unlike anything else out there, given its seamless connection to other Apple devices, ease of use, and access to amazing Apple content. It offers something for everyone in the family to love.”
The products can be pre-ordered at a starting price of $129, with availability beginning Friday, November 4.
Even at $70 less than its predecessor Apple TV is still at the higher end of the market, but the box does connect to the Apple ecosystem, which will be important for some purchasers as will the addition of HDR10+.
If you’re spending hard cash on a video display and sound system, you kind of want to get the best from it.