Apple TV 4K
Bringing affordable 4K movies and HDR support
The new app-enabled Apple TV has had a bit of a rocky life – initial excitement about its apps and cool Siri features eventually gave way to disappointment in its untapped potential, especially in the UK, where some major services still don’t have apps (All 4, we’re looking at you), and others that are way too basic (Now TV, it’s your turn).
But with the new Apple TV 4K, the little box gets renewed purpose – it’s maybe the best way to watch 4K movies. For a start, 4K films are coming to iTunes, and they won’t cost any more than current HD movies to buy (so, about £20 max, with many potentially cheaper – there’s no word on rentals just yet). Even better, any you’ve bought already get upgraded to HDR for free, which is surprisingly generous.
There’s also support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, which is not something all the other 4K streamers can boast, so iTunes movies and stuff from Netflix and Amazon Prime Video (coming later this year) will look its very best. The only sticking point is that there’s no Dolby Atmos support in there.
As part of this, it gets an internal boost with an A10X processor – the same as the iPad Pro. In theory, this could bring console-level games to it, but with no controller as standard, we’re not convinced Apple will ever turn it into a real gaming platform.