Apple TV 4K: Everything you need to know about Apple’s new HDR box
Here’s all the latest info on the eagerly-awaited 5th-gen 4K Apple TV, including details on specs, features, release date and price in the UK, US and more.
It’s been nearly two years since the last version of Apple TV launched, and the tech world has changed a lot. We’ve seen booming sales of 4K TVs as consumers keenly guzzle Ultra HD content from the likes of Netflix and Amazon Video. The old Apple TV was starting to look a little fuddy-duddy.
But now the Apple TV 4K has been announced and it is set for a 2017 launch. Here’s what you need to know.
Apple TV 4K Release Date: When will we see the Apple TV 5th gen?
We had our first glimpse of the Apple TV 4K today at the launch of the iPhone 8/iPhone X. The official release date is 22 September, with preorders starting from September 15.
The existing, full HD Apple TV will continue to be sold alongside the new superpowered one, which makes sense because most people still have a 1080p (or even 720p) display.
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Apple TV 4K Features and Specs
As the name suggests, the headline feature of the Apple TV 4K, is 4K Ultra HD resolution (2160p). Basically, that’s four times the number of pixels in Full HD 1080p pictures – about 8.3 million of them. That means finer detail and improved overall clarity.
Apple is on top of video trends, so they’re not just interested in 4K – but also HDR, or High Dynamic Range. That gives you a wider range of colour and contrast than your normal video experience. There’s a bigger jump from the darkest shadows to the brightest highlights, which makes for a more realistic, convincing picture performance.
On the HDR front, the Apple TV 4K supports not only the common open standard of HDR10, but also Dolby Vision. That’s a superior version of HDR, which uses dynamic metadata. Essentially, Dolby Vision has extra information, which is used to optimise your picture on a frame-by-frame basis.
Apple has recently started putting 4K/HDR content on iTunes, and more is coming. The company has confirmed it will not be charging any more for content in 4K and HDR. Existing purchases in HD and standard dynamic range will be automatically upgraded at no extra cost. You’ll also be able to watch the 4K and HDR content available on Netflix and Amazon Video.
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The dimensions and physical make up of the Apple TV 4K appear to be unchanged. On the inside, the Apple TV 4K uses the A10X Fusion, which is the same chip that powers the latest iPad Pro. Apple claims the CPU is twice as fast as before, and that the GPU is four times as fast.
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It’s been rumoured, but not confirmed, that there is 3GB RAM on board. We do know for a fact, however, that the Apple TV 4K comes with two storage options: 32GB and 64GB.
Connections include an HDMI 2.0a port, Gigabit Ethernet and an IR receiver. It supports 802.11ac dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz) Wi-Fi with MIMO, as well as Bluetooth 5.0.
The Siri remote from the last Apple TV makes a return. Speak into your remote’s microphone and Siri can bring up movies and TV shows – now in 4K and HDR. Compatibility with Siri also means Apple Homekit integration. You’ll be able to control elements of your smart home, including the upcoming Apple HomePod.
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Apple TV 4K Price: How much will the new Apple TV cost?
Here is how much the device will set you back in the UK and US:
- Apple TV 4K (32GB): £179 / $179
- Apple TV (64GB): £199 / $199
The existing 1080p, 32GB Apple TV continues to be sold at £149/$149.
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