Apple TV 4K (6th generation): Everything You Need to Know

After almost three years without a new hardware spec bump, Apple finally updated its Apple TV 4K set box. To keep up with the most advanced technologies for entertainment, the updated model now features the A12 Bionic chip. This is the same chip found on the iPad (8th generation).

A12 Bionic Chip

With improved performance this chip offers, you’ll find an even smoother experience when watching movies or even playing graphic-intensive games from Apple Arcade. The A12 chip also enables high frame rate HDR and Dolby Vision video. So if you have an iPhone 12 Pro, you can record 4K footage at up to 60fps in Dolby Vision and watch that on the new Apple TV 4K.

Credit: Apple Inc.

Innovative Color Balance Process

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Video on Apple TV 4K will look even better than before as Apple is working with several leading providers to roll out content in HFR HDR. With better picture quality, we also need to consider color balance. Thankfully, Apple came up with something innovative. To calibrate the color balance, place the front of your iPhone onto the television screen. From there, Apple TV and iPhone work together to create the most optimized color balance using the iPhone’s light sensor. This will enable Apple TV to yield better contrast and color accuracy, so say good-bye to fumbling around the TV settings.

All-New Siri Remote

Along with the updated Apple TV 4K, Apple debuted the redesigned Siri Remote. Apparently, it’s taking the best of both – the remotes from both 2010 and 2015. As you probably know, the Siri Remote from 2015 comes with a glass trackpad. This makes it much more prone to cracks when it fell on a hard floor. That’s no longer there on the all-new Siri Remote. Instead, it features a clickpad control similar to that of the iPod’s signature click wheel interface. It now has a power button as well as a mute button to turn on/off the TV or mute it, respectively.

The newly redesigned Apple TV remote. Caption: Apple Inc.

With all of these features, Apple TV 4K offers everything that tvOS offers, including Apple TV+, Apple Fitness+, and Apple Music. It will start at $179 for 32GB and $199 for 64GB. Apple will still offer the Apple TV HD with the new Siri Remote for $149. Apple will sell the new Siri Remote separately for $59, and it works with all Apple TV HD and 4K models. Too bad that you can still easily lose that remote, but you can use AirTag to make sure you won’t lose it again. (Check out our coverage for AirTag here).

What do you think about this updated Apple TV 4K? Is it worth waiting for? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us at @Appleosophy.

Nick Soong
Author: Nick Soong

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