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Apple will reportedly launch a 4K Apple TV this year. The device has been rumoured for some time, seeing as Amazon, Roku and others have taken the lead and launched 4K versions of their own streaming devices. But now the rumour has more credence.

The device is in testing at Apple HQ, according to Bloomberg. The fifth-generation model will support the 4K resolution, which has four times as many pixels as High Definition. And it will support "more vivid colours", the report claims.

These improved colours could be due to the addition of High Dynamic Range (HDR), another new technology that makes for a much more lifelike picture.

Of course, to see the benefit of these new technologies, you'll need a TV that's up to the task.

Both the Amazon Fire TV and Roku support 4K, and services like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix stream select content in the resolution too. Apple and iTunes, meanwhile, have been stuck with regular old HD.

Hopefully this rumour is true, and we see a 4K-compatible Apple TV this year. Who knows, Apple's long-rumoured TV streaming service might not be far behind...



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