Apple has announced the April 30th arrival of its next generation Apple TV 4K, providing high frame rate HDR with Dolby Vision for better quality content playback. (You can read more at Sam Posten’s April 20th Apple Event thread.) An onboard A12 ‘Bionic’ chip will boost graphics performance, video decoding and audio processing, according to the Cupertino company. Additionally, a newly-designed Siri Remote includes navigation controls and operates with tvOS for integration with other Apple devices.
Available from tomorrow, April 30th, Apple TV 4K will cost $179 and can be purchased from apple.com, the Apple Store app, Apple Store and authorized resellers. Apple TV HD with the new Siri Remote costs $149, and the backward-compatible Siri Remote can be purchased separately for $59.
“Apple TV 4K is in a category of its own, leveraging a deep integration of Apple hardware, software, and services that delivers a massive upgrade to any TV for the very best cinematic experience,” said Bob Borchers, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With the A12 Bionic and the all-new Siri Remote, Apple TV 4K lets customers enjoy their favorite shows, movies, and more in the highest quality, with simple and intuitive controls. And of course, Apple TV 4K offers easy access to Apple services, along with thousands of apps on the App Store for even more entertainment options.”
The Apple TV 4K now supports 60 fps high frame rate HDR plus Dolby Vision. This includes high frame rate support in AirPlay, and videos shot on iPhone 12 Pro can be displayed at 60 fps Dolby Vision on the new system. Apple TV works with iPhone to improve a TV’s picture quality by comparing color balance to industry standards while negating the need to make adjustments. The new one-piece aluminum Siri Remote includes five-way navigation and touch control with fast direction swipes.
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