The new Apple TV 4K, which was released in October alongside the original Apple TV, is now available. We got our hands on one to check out the increased capabilities and see if it’s worth upgrading for MacRumors readers who currently own an Apple TV 4K.
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The new Apple TV 4K is visually similar to the previous iteration, but it’s slimmer and lighter. It’s not really slight, but if you hold them up next to each other, you can definitely see a distinction.
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When compared to the A12 chip found in the previous generation, the A15 chip is up to 50 percent more powerful in terms of CPU performance and up to 30 percent more powerful in terms of GPU performance. What you do on your Apple TV will determine whether or not you experience a noticeable speed increase.
It should speed up animations, app loads, and more across the tvOS operating system, and you may notice a significant boost if you play graphics-intensive games. Newer models now come standard with 4GB of RAM, up from the previous 3GB, and 64GB of storage space, with an optional 128GB increase.
In addition to HDR10 and Dolby Vision, Apple now supports HDR10+. As a result, you might want to consider an upgrade if your current TV doesn’t support HDR10+. The Siri Remote hasn’t changed, but now it charges using USB-C rather than Lightning.
Therefore, should I spring for the new model? The answer lies in the context. If you only use your Apple TV 4K to watch shows and the performance is adequate, upgrading to a higher-end model is generally not necessary. Upgrades such as HDR10+ and processing speed enhancements are beneficial if you have a use for them. Those who already own an Apple TV HD should upgrade to the latest model.
Two different kinds exist, and the cost is far cheaper than it has been in recent years. Apple’s 128GB variant costs an extra $50, and the 64GB model costs $129; both include Thread and a built-in Ethernet connector. For the sake of seamless Thread integration into your smart home system, it’s worth spending the extra $20 on the better model if you need Ethernet.