If you didn’t know, Apple has a new Apple TV 4K for 2022. It shares the same name as its predecessors – still called Apple TV 4K – which were released in 2021 and 2017 respectively. And it’s mostly the same in every way: the set-top box allows you to stream your favorite movies, movies and sports, as well as play games on Apple Arcade and exercise with Fitness +. It works as a smart home hub, as well.
If you currently have an Apple TV (either the HD or 4K versions), there is probably little reason to go out and quickly upgrade to this new version. Pretty much everything Apple has done in this new Apple TV 4K is under the hood to make it faster, smaller and future-proof, such as supporting new technologies – some of which are not widely available yet.
There are some key differences with the new Apple TV 4K, of course – and I’ll get to those below – but it’s important to know that Apple has made significant changes to its current Apple TV. Here’s what you need to know:
• No more Apple TV HD. Well, Apple only sells 4K models of its streaming box. If you don’t have a 4K TV, don’t worry — these 4K models will work on HD TVs too.
• Apple lowered the price and increased storage. Apple previously sold the Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K for $149 and $179, respectively. The new Apple TV 4K starts at just $129. And instead of 32GB and 64GB options, the new Apple TV 4K is available in 64GB and 128GB capacities.
• Apple is selling two models of the new Apple TV 4K. Apple offers the new Apple TV 4K with two storage options, 64GB and 128GB models – but they differ in other ways, too. The 64GB version is Wi-Fi only and has no Tread support, while the 128GB model also has Ethernet and Tread support.
The new Apple TV 4K supports new technology.
The latest Apple TV 4K is powered by the A15 Bionic processor, which is the same chip found in last year’s iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro. This is an upgrade from last year’s Apple TV 4K, which had an A12 Bionic processor, but you won’t really notice much of a difference between the two. Both processors are very fast. And both 4K TVs support 4K HDR up to 60fps.
The new Apple TV 4K includes two notable technologies:
first, supports HDR10+, which is the HDR technology integrated into Samsung’s newest TVs to make content brighter and higher contrast; it competes with Dolby Vision (which most Samsung TVs don’t yet support), which is the HDR technology supported by the new Apple TV 4K in 2021 (and the 2021 Apple TV).
second, supports Quick Media Transfer (or QMS_VRR). This new technology will be integrated into many of LG’s upcoming TVs, and will allow the Apple TV 4K to sound like it’s running smoothly; when you switch between apps and content with different frame rates, you won’t get any lagging or black/blank screens like you used to. However, this is future-proof technology, as most current TVs don’t support it, so unless you’re planning to get a new LG TV in 2023, you don’t need to worry about it.
The Apple TV has gotten a little smaller.
For the first time in years, Apple has updated the design of the Apple TV 4K. It’s not a huge upgrade, granted, but the new Apple TV 4K is, according to Apple, 20 percent smaller than previous generations. It’s about the same height and width, but the new Apple TV is just a little shorter now.
There are two things that make this small design possible. First, the A15 Bionic is really powerful and efficient; so much so, in fact, that it allowed Apple to remove the fan from the new Apple TV 4K. I have never noticed a fan on my Apple TVs – they are always silent – but in theory this new Apple TV 4K should be quieter than before.
The Siri Remote is Apple’s latest gadget to switch to USB-C.
Apple introduced a new Siri Remote with the previous Apple TV 4K – which ditches the old touchpad in favor of a D-pad controller, and has dedicated buttons for Siri – and the new Apple TV 4K comes with it. almost the same remote. It looks and feels the same, but the new Siri Remote is the latest gadget to make the leap to Lightning. It now charges via USB-C.
This coming from behind Apple seems to admit that it will have to yield to EU pressure and finally make an iPhone with a USB-C charging port. Apple introduced a new entry-level iPad that supports USB-C instead of Lightning.
If you have a HomeKit smart home, you should get an Apple TV 4K that packs 128GB.
As mentioned before, the new Apple TV 4K comes in two different models: one with 64GB of storage and 128GB of storage. If you’re planning to build a smart home around HomeKit, or you already have a bunch of HomeKit-enabled devices, you really want to spend the extra $20 on a high-capacity model. It is the only model with Ethernet and supports Thread, a low-level mesh network that allows many smart devices – including HomeKit devices – to communicate effectively and efficiently with each other.
Note: If you have an earlier Apple TV 4K – released in 2021 – then that also supports Thread. Apple TV 4K released in 2017 does not support Thread.