Apple TV 4K updated with A15 Bionic and Ethernet
Apple has launched an updated version of the Apple TV 4K media player. The new model has a faster processor, improved HDR support and better connectivity options.
The new Apple TV 4K has the A15 Bionic SoC. Apple doesn’t mention core numbers or clock speeds, making it hard to tell if it’s identical to the one on the iPhone 14 models or a stripped-down version. The company claims it has 50% faster CPU and 30% faster GPU performance compared to the A12 Bionic on the previous generation model.
The new model adds support for the HDR10+ standard alongside the existing Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG formats. While HDR10+ is mostly similar to Dolby Vision in specs, it is far less popular, with the only major service offering HDR10+ content being Amazon Prime Video.
However, it is possible that Apple plans to start offering its own library of content in HDR10+ along with other formats. This may be because several TV manufacturers, especially Samsung, do not support Dolby Vision and instead support HDR10+. Samsung is particularly notable as it is not only the largest TV manufacturer today, but also the inventor of the HDR10+ standard and therefore unlikely to support the competing Dolby Vision standard anytime soon.
The new Apple TV 4K will be available in two variants. The 64GB variant includes Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, but the new 128GB variant also adds Gigabit Ethernet along with support for the Thread mesh network protocol for controlling compatible smart home devices.
Apple TV 4K will be available on Friday, November 4. The 64GB model is priced at $129 and the 128GB model with Ethernet at $149. The old HD model has been discontinued.