Apple has just made 5th-generation Apple TV 4K specs, price and release date official. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
They say that you never know until you actually know, and now, thanks to Apple’s unveil at its media event, we now know that the next-generation Apple TV is real. The Cupertino-based company has used the captivated crowd present at Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park to announce Apple TV 4K, a 4K+HDR set-top box which takes Apple’s presence in the living room to the next level.
Fans of Apple have sat back patiently over the last couple of years as the company has regularly introduced new iPad, iPhone, Mac, and even a Siri-powered speaker device at its most recent keynote prior to this one. It’s likely that those fans have had an interest in that device, but it always felt like there has been something missing whenever a product announcement came around; a new Apple TV.
We’ve seen tvOS on Apple TV 4 go through semi-regular updates, including the move to tvOS 11, but we’ve not witnessed new Apple TV hardware as part of that cycle. Until now that is.
The Apple TV 4K doesn’t massively deviate away from the design aesthetics that we have become accustomed to over the years from this particular product. What’s particularly evident is that the Cupertino-based company is trying to make up some ground on the likes of Roku, Fire TV and the likes by introducing an Apple TV with upgraded internals which are capable of handling the new requirements placed upon the system, with those requirements mainly being to facilitate the streaming of high-quality 4K content and live television.
One of the great things about Apple TV 4K is that although it’s 4K UHD ready, and offers compatibility with 4K televisions, it’s also compatible with High Dynamic Range (HDR) video, meaning that it’s capable of producing more accurate colors and a brighter picture.
Siri is also now capable of looking up 4K movies for your viewing. Interestingly, Apple also tells us that if you’ve purchased a HD movie that has received an upgrade to 4K on the iTunes store, your purchase will automatically be updated to 4K UHD. Wow!
That sounds like the perfect combination for an advanced living room viewing experience. This is all made possible thanks to the powerful three-core A10X Fusion chip and 3GB RAM that the set-top box comes powered with. This should give the Apple TV 4K that 4K at 60fps boost we’ve been discussing and hearing about, but we’ll have more on that once the waves start settling.
The HDMI 2.0 port found on the back also means that the set-top box supports various advanced HDR color formats, including Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10.
- 32GB: $179
- 64GB: $199
Apple TV 4K will be available to order on September 15, 2017, with shipping to begin on September 22, 2017.
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