The new Apple TV 4K (2022) was announced on October 18 at an event that also saw the launch of the company’s new iPad and iPad Pro models.
Not to be confused with Apple TV (the app on Apple devices and smart TVs) or Apple TV+ (the streaming service), Apple TV 4K is a streaming set-top box that connects to your home network using Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection.
Apple TV 4K New Features (2022)
– Powerful A15 chip and increased storage
– Support for high dynamic range HDR10+
– 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 used in recent iPhone models and the iPad Mini (6th generation). According to the company, this allows for speed boosts that boost CPU performance by 50% and GPU performance by up to 30% over the previous Apple TV 4K.
Another major upgrade is HDR10+ high dynamic range support. This addition allows the Apple TV 4K to better compete with other streaming boxes and sticks, such as those available on Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV family. HDR10+ is similar to Dolby Vision HDR – which Apple TV 4K also supports – in that it’s a dynamic format used to optimize image contrast scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame.
The Apple TV 4K (2022) will be available in two configurations: one with Wi-Fi and 128GB internal storage and an advanced version with 256GB internal storage and Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity.
Apple TV 4K News and Updates (2022)
October 10, 2022 – Apple launches lower-priced next-gen 4K Apple TV with A15 Bionic chip and HDR10+ support.
July 27, 2022 – Updated Apple TV 4K Disney+ app with Dolby Atmos support.
July 20, 2022 – Evidence found in the tvOS16 beta points to future 8K video support.
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 upgraded A14 processor and more memory.
June 24, 2022 – Developers testing iOS 16 discover code related to a new version of the Siri Remote used for Apple TV.
June 7, 2022 – As WWDC comes and goes without major tvOS announcements, we worry 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 new tab)scheduled for release sometime in 2022.
Apple TV 4K (2022): price and release date
Apple TV 4K with Wi-Fi and 128GB storage retails for $129 / £149 / AU$205, while the Wi-Fi plus Gigabit Ethernet version with 256GB storage retails for $149 / £169 .00 / AU$240.
Apple TV 4K (2022) prices are notably lower than previous versions, making this Apple’s cheapest 4K streaming box yet.
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 high dynamic range formats are supported, along with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Digital Plus audio.
Both Apple TV 4K (2022) models offer Wi‑Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connections. The 256GB step-up version also has a Gigabit Ethernet connection as well as support for threaded mesh networking, which is used by the new Matter smart home device standard. (Thread Mesh Network support is not provided on Apple TV 4K 128GB.)
The Siri remote included with the Apple TV 4K has a built-in microphone for voice control and now has a USB-C port for charging (previous versions used Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector).