The fourth-generation Apple TV was a giant step up from earlier generations, however now that 4K is rising in popularity, Apple is becoming a member of the get together with its new Apple TV 4K. Nonetheless, must you improve your present fourth-gen Apple TV to the new one?
What’s New with the Apple TV 4K?
As you in all probability guessed, the largest new characteristic in the newest mannequin is 4K. Whereas earlier Apple TV fashions maxed out at 1080p, the Apple TV 4K has the functionality to play…effectively…4K content material. If you happen to don’t know a lot about 4K, take a look at our primer on the topic. The gist is that 4K gives 4 instances the decision of 1080p, which provides you method higher picture high quality and sharpness. And naturally, the Apple TV 4K additionally helps excessive dynamic vary (HDR).
Apple says they’ve remastered their display savers and consumer interface for 4K, and most main studios will convey 4K motion pictures to iTunes. 4K motion pictures will price the similar as HD motion pictures, and Apple will even improve your present HD library to 4K without cost.
On high of 4K decision, the new Apple TV 4K comes with the firm’s A10X chip, which is the similar processor that’s in the iPad Professional. Apple says this enables for double the CPU efficiency and 4 instances the GPU efficiency of the earlier Apple TV mannequin. Hopefully, this enables for a lot better video games, which at all times has been kind of an afterthought for the Apple TV.
Aside from that, every part else continues to be largely the similar—similar design and similar consumer interface.
Ought to You Improve?
4K is nice to have, however there are a number of issues to remember should you’re deciding whether or not or not to improve to the newest and best model of Apple’s streaming field.
You Want a 4K TV
Maybe the largest barrier to entry is that the Apple TV 4K gained’t show video content material in 4K with out a tv that may show in 4K in the first place. If you happen to nonetheless use a conventional 1080p tv, motion pictures and TV exhibits will nonetheless present up in 1080p (though some 4K TVs upscale 1080p content material to no less than make them look a bit higher). Moreover, to benefit from HDR, your TV will want to assist that, too.
4K Content material Is Rising, however Nonetheless Missing
Even when you’ve got a 4K tv and an Apple TV 4K, you continue to want 4K content material to play. Fortunately, an increasing number of 4K content material is popping out—Netflix and Amazon have handfuls of content material in 4K, Blu-ray motion pictures in 4K are gaining popularity, YouTube and Vimeo permit customers to add 4K movies, and a few cable suppliers are beginning to supply 4K channels.
Nonetheless, there’s nonetheless far more 1080p content material than there’s 4K content material, and should you dive deep into 4K proper now, you’ll possible nonetheless be watching most of your motion pictures, sports activities, and TV exhibits in 1080p for the time being. You would possibly even avoid wasting cash should you wait a bit longer, as used models will possible seem on eBay after just a few brief months.
You’ll Pay the Value
So, should you’re positively going to improve to the new Apple TV 4K mannequin, that’s nice and all. Nonetheless, you’ll be paying a bit extra for that pleasure.
Whereas the fourth-generation Apple TV is priced at $149, the Apple TV 4K weighs in at $179 for the 32GB mannequin and $199 for the 64GB mannequin. It’s not an enormous soar in worth, and paying that $30 distinction for 4K capabilities actually isn’t that insane in any respect, however $179 for a set-top field is taken into account fairly costly in contrast to the competitors (you possibly can seize an Amazon Fireplace TV for $85, which may do 4K as effectively).
In any case, the Apple TV 4K will likely be launched later this month on September 22, with pre-orders beginning on September 15.