Ap­ple TV 4K

Bring­ing af­ford­able 4K movies and HDR sup­port

T3 - - Gadget Guru -

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.

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