Apple today announced the next generation of Apple TV 4K. The new model is powered by the A15 Bionic chip and has support for HDR10+
According to Apple, the new Apple TV 4K uses nearly 30 percent less power than the previous generation due to the efficiency gains of its A15 Bionic chip — the same chip as the iPhone 13. The new chip has also enabled Apple to eliminate the need for an internal fan, resulting in a more compact design. 9to5Mac reports that, despite its more compact design, it looks the same as the previous model.
Apple states that CPU performance is now up to 50 percent faster than the previous generation, with GPU performance up to 30 percent faster.
Apple TV 4K now supports HDR10+, in addition to Dolby Vision, which Apple says, produces “the eye-popping details and vibrant colors intended by content creators.” There is audio support for Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital 7.1, and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound.
The new Apple TV 4K is available in two configurations: Apple TV 4K (Wi-Fi), which offers 64GB of storage; and Apple TV 4K (Wi-Fi + Ethernet), which offers support for Gigabit Ethernet, Thread mesh networking protocol, and 128GB of storage.
The new models are available for order from today at a new starting price of US$129, with availability beginning Friday, November 4.
The siri remote finally ditches lightning. You'll have to buy a charging cable yourself, but hey at least it's one more product with USB C, the correct port.
For any wondering about the…
For any wondering about the new 'compact size', the comparison is:
2021 Apple TV 4K: 3.5 cm * 10 cm * 10 cm
2022 Apple TV 4K: 3.1 cm * 9.3 cm * 9.3 cm
So, unless you had them side by side, you'd really not notice the difference.
A15 chip in 2022 Apple TV addition is old tech
I seriously can't understand why Apple is using the A15 chip, when the A16 has been released. Now, with this latest release of the Apple TV, and with the iPhone 14, and iPhone 14+, they have use the old chips. It seems that, only if you buy the pro models of the iPhones, would you be able to get the absolute latest and fastest chips, when, in fact, all four phones are brand new technology this year. Personally, I feel like Apple is really ripping off the consumer, by forcing those who want the very best tech to purchase their top of the line products. They are introducing new technology, but putting old technology chips inside. This is consumer manipulation. In all the years I've been using Apple products, if memory serves, I don't think they've ever done this. A very poor business model, if you ask me. It looks like Apple thinks their customer base is stupid, and doesn't recognize what they are doing. Needless to say, this is one frustrated user of Apple products. Will I change? Of course not. But I feel like Apple is treating their customer base very poorly.
I am not trying to be one of those who complain a lot on this site, but I feel strongly enough about this issue, that I thought it worth mentioning here.
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To Roxann Pollard Re a15
While I agree potentially on the iPhone 14 but can also understand the gain from a15 to a16 isn’t substantial so using the older chip isn’t the issue some are making it out to be I have to strongly disagree on the new Apple TV. It’s a $129 device thats nothing more than a set top box. the a15 is massive monstrous ridiculous overkill already. I’m not going to have a tantrum about not getting the a16. The a15 is already almost certainly the most powerful chip in any TV device in existence. I am a little upset they didn’t include the U1 for locating the remote but I’ll get over it.
Oh and additionally about a15 use.
I think the reason they are using the a15 is because it’s on the old 5nm process node which is a few years old now and gets good yields from the wafers they print. The a16 is on a brand new 4nm node which apparently they are still working through increasing yields and quality so I’d much rather they do the obvious thing and save the better process for the higher price devices.
RE: Oh and additionally about a15 use
Thank you for the info, regarding the differences in the two nodes. I was not aware of this. I appreciate your perspective.
Good point about the U1…
Good point about the U1 though, they did say that the redesign, it being larger, was their way of combatting people losing the remote so I guess they're just sticking to it.
would like to have seen an Apple TV dongle for £80 or so that is lower power and just does streaming really well. would be a nice travel device. I still don't really know what they're driving the Apple TV towards, I really don't think it's ever going to be seen as a competent gaming machine. If they let Microsoft and Sony have streaming games on it, maybe, but apple won't do that as they want a piece of the pie.
The remote is nice now. I'm hoping the new one will push down the price of the previous lightening version. Absolutely no problem me charging it that way every three or four months.
apple tv has a fan inside?
wow, i didn't know that. i have a stethoscope, let me try to see if i can hear anything turning inside.
this surprised me too. There…
this surprised me too. There are vents around the bottom but I thought it was for passive cooling. Considering it's the same chips as in the iPhone, what could the Apple TV possibly be doing that requires active cooling?
Reason for cooling fan.
Like you I didn’t realise there was a fan inside however it makes sense there might need to be one, obviously the a12 can kick out a fair amount of heat but I’m guessing thats not it. Remember the power supply is also in that little box, it has no cooling fins or heat sinks externally so maybe a fan is required to cool the package down.
Ah, good point.
Ah, good point.
Just ordered this apple TV
My only question: will it use the same power cord as previous apple tv models? That will make it ever-so-much easier to swap it out when I play musical chairs with my apple tv boxes and prepare my 1080P one from whenever that came out to go to a new home.
Yes, it uses the same power cable
Even better than that, it uses the same HDMI as well, so you will literally just pull one out and push the other in.
thanks for confirmation
That is seriously awesome news. I was pretty sure the HDMI cable wasn't going to change, but it's great to hear that both cables will be easy to just swap to the new device. Plus, it means I can give the new power cord to the friend who's taking the apple TV 1080P off my hands. LOL!