The latest generation Apple TV 4K 2022 gets a massive performance upgrade from the A12 Bionic to the A15 Bionic, plus support for HDR10+ content, while the Siri remote finally gets a USB-C port, replacing the Lightning port.
Alongside the new iPad Pro 2022 and the 10th gen iPad 2022, Apple also introduced a new Apple TV 4K, which looks almost confusingly similar to its predecessor, apart from the fact that there is now only an Apple logo on the top, without the “TV” word.
Measuring 93 x 93 x 31 millimeters, the new Apple TV box 4K model is slightly smaller than its predecessor, and the weight has dropped from 430 grams to 208 grams, which indicates that Apple has dispensed with the fan. By far the most important innovation is the Apple A15 Bionic, which can also be found in the iPhone 14 – Apple should offer one of the most powerful set-top boxes on the market. Compared to the A12 Bionic of the previous model, Apple speaks of a 50 percent better CPU performance and a 30 percent faster GPU.
Also new is the support for HDR10+, an HDR format that is mainly marketed by Samsung, Dolby Vision is still supported. The Siri remote control has hardly changed, but it now has a USB-C connection instead of a Lightning connector as before, and the battery should last for several months as before. The more expensive Apple TV device with 128GB of storage also offers Thread, which allows the device to be used as a smart home hub for Apple HomeKit and Matter. Wi-Fi 6 and HDMI 2.1 have been carried over from the previous model.
New Apple TV 4K 2022 release date and prices
The new Apple TV 4K is available to pre-order through Bestbuy.com website, with deliveries beginning November 4th. The model with Wi-Fi and 64 GB of storage costs $129.99, the version with an Ethernet connection, thread, and 128 GB of storage is available for $149.99.