Apple’s streaming box now supports 4K. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to new features.
Read on to find out what else it can do, how it’ll improve your telly viewing, and – crucially – when it’s out and how much it’ll cost.
1 It supports 4K
4K is a picture resolution that has four times as many pixels as high definition. And the new Apple TV now supports it.
Apple’s rivals Google, Amazon and Roku have offered 4K streaming devices for some time now, so Apple is far from the first company to do so.
But its support means that 4K has well and truly arrived as a technology.
Remember, you’ll need a 4K TV in order to see the difference in picture quality.
2 It has HDR, too
HDR stands for high dynamic range. This is a technology originally found in photography, that creates a bigger difference between the light and dark parts of an image. It also creates more ‘steps’ in between these extremes.
The result? An image with more depth, and that looks more lifelike.
As Tim Cook said at the announcement: “4K is about more pixels, but HDR is about better pixels.”
As is often the case with new technologies, there are rival versions of it competing for your attention. Apple TV 4K supports both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, which are two of the most common forms.
3 It supports 4K films from iTunes
Naturally, iTunes will soon offer 4K films for you to watch on your new Apple TV 4K. The good news is that Apple won’t charge any extra for the privilege – they cost the same as high definition films.
And if you’ve bought the film in HD, Apple will gift you a copy in 4K for no extra cash. Providing it’s available in 4K, that is.
As well as 4K from iTunes, Apple TV will support 4K content from Netflix. Plus later this year, Amazon Prime Video will come to the Apple TV, and bring its 4K content with it.
4 It’s as powerful as an iPad Pro
The Apple TV 4K is powered by Apple’s A10X fusion chip. This is the same processor as found in the iPad Pro, Apple’s most powerful tablet.
This makes it twice as fast as the older Apple TV, with graphics that are more than four times as fast.
5 It’s out next week
The Apple TV 4K is available to order from Friday 15th September, and will cost £179 in the UK. It's on shop shelves a week later.