The new Apple TV 4K (2022) was announced on October 18 at an event where the company also unveiled the new iPad and iPad Pro models.
Not to be confused with Apple TV (an app for Apple devices and smart TVs) or Apple TV+ (a streaming service), the Apple TV 4K is a streaming set-top box that connects to your home network using a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection.
New Apple TV 4K (2022) features.
– Powerful A15 chip and increased capacity
– HDR10+ high dynamic range support
– New Siri remote with USB-C charging
The Apple TV 4K (2022) is slightly smaller than the previous version and features the same A15 Bionic chip found in the latest iPhone models and the iPad Mini (6th generation). According to the company, this enables acceleration that raises CPU performance by 50 percent and GPU performance by up to 30 percent over the previous Apple TV 4K.
Another key update is HDR10+ high dynamic range support. This addition allows the Apple TV 4K to better compete with other streaming devices and sticks, such as those available in the Roku family and the Amazon Fire TV. HDR10+ is similar to Dolby Vision HDR – which Apple TV 4K also supports – in that it is a dynamic format used to optimize image contrast on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis.
The Apple TV 4K (2022) will be available in two configurations: one with Wi-Fi and 128GB of internal storage, and an upgraded version with 256GB of internal storage and Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity.
Apple TV 4K (2022) news and updates.
October 10, 2022 – Apple launches lower-cost next-generation 4K Apple TV with A15 Bionic chip and HDR10+ support.
July 27, 2022 – Apple TV 4K Disney+ app updated with Dolby Atmos support.
Jul 20, 2022 – Evidence found in tvOS16 beta indicates future support for 8K video.
July 14, 2022 – The public beta of tvOS16 is now available for download.
June 28, 2022 – Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman 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 a new version of the Siri Remote used on Apple TV.
June 7, 2022 – With WWDC coming and going without any major tvOS announcements, we’re worried 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)which is scheduled to be launched in 2022.
Apple TV 4K (2022): price and release date
The Apple TV 4K with Wi-Fi and 128GB storage costs $129 / £149 / AU$205, while Wi-Fi plus Gigabit Ethernet with the 256GB storage version costs $149 / £169.00 / AU$240.
Prices for the Apple TV 4K (2022) are significantly lower than previous versions, making this Apple’s most affordable 4K streaming device yet.
Both models are on sale now and will be available from November 4, 2022.
Apple TV 4K (2022): features
Apple TV 4K (2022) has HDMI 2.1 output with support for 4K video at up to 60 frames per second. Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range formats are supported, as well as Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Plus audio.
Both Apple TV 4K (2022) models feature Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connections. The increased 256GB version also has a Gigabit Ethernet connection and support for Thread Mesh networking, which is used by the new Matter standard for smart home devices. (Thread Mesh networking support is not available on the 128GB Apple TV 4K.)
The Siri remote included with the 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).