The new Apple TV 4K (2022) was announced on October 18 at an event that also saw the company’s new iPad and iPad Pro models.
Not to be confused with Apple TV (Apple and smart TV app) or Apple TV + (streaming service), Apple TV 4K is a streaming set-top box that connects to your home network via Wi-Fi or an Ethernet connection.
Apple TV 4K New Features (2022)
– Powerful A15 chip plus increased storage
– Support for HDR10 + with high dynamic range
– New Siri remote with USB-C charging
The Apple TV 4K (2022) is slightly smaller than the previous version and includes the same A15 Bionic chip found in the latest iPhone and iPad Mini (6th generation) models. According to the company, this enables a speed boost that raises CPU performance by 50 percent and GPU performance up to 30 percent over the previous Apple TV 4K.
Another key update is HDR10 + high dynamic range support. This add-on allows Apple TV 4K to compete better with other streaming devices and sticks such as those available in the Roku family and Amazon Fire TV. HDR10 + is similar to Dolby Vision HDR – also supported by Apple TV 4K – as it is a dynamic format used to optimize the contrast of an image in scene by scene or frame by frame.
Apple TV 4K (2022) will be available in two configurations: one with Wi-Fi and 128 GB of internal memory, and an upgraded version with 256 GB of internal memory and Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity.
Apple TV 4K News and Updates (2022)
October 10, 2022 – Apple launches a cheaper next-generation Apple TV 4K with A15 Bionic chip and HDR10 + support.
July 27, 2022 – Apple TV 4K Disney + app updated with Dolby Atmos support.
July 20, 2022 – Evidence of future 8K video support found in the tvOS16 beta.
July 14, 2022 – The public beta version of tvOS16 is now available for download.
June 28, 2022 – Mark Gurman of Bloomberg reports that Apple is working on a new Apple TV model with an improved A14 processor and more memory.
June 24, 2022 – Developers testing iOS 16 discover code related to the new version of Siri Remote used on Apple TV.
June 7, 2022 – With WWDC coming and gone without any major announcements from tvOS, we are concerned about the future of the Apple TV platform.
May 25, 2022 – Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says Apple is working on a new, cheaper Apple TV model (opens in a new tab)to be launched in 2022.
Apple TV 4K (2022): price and release date
An Apple TV 4K with Wi-Fi and 128GB of storage costs $ 129 / £ 149 / AU $ 205, while Wi-Fi plus Gigabit Ethernet with a 256GB version costs $ 149 / £ 169.00 / $ 240.
The prices of Apple TV 4K (2022) are significantly lower than previous versions, making it Apple’s cheapest 4K streaming device.
Both models are available for purchase now and will be available on November 4, 2022.
Apple TV 4K (2022): Features
Apple TV 4K (2022) has an HDMI 2.1 output with support for 4K video at up to 60 frames per second. Dolby Vision, HDR10 +, HDR10 and HLG formats are supported, as well as Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Plus audio.
Both Apple TV 4K (2022) models provide Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connections. The 256GB increased capacity version also has a Gigabit Ethernet connection and support for a threaded network that is used by the new Matter smart home standard. (Thread mesh support is not available on Apple TV 4K 128GB.)
The Siri Remote that came with Apple TV 4K has a built-in microphone for voice control, and now comes with a USB-C port for charging (earlier versions used Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector).