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Apple TV

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Model
Apple TV
Release Date
September 2017

Features

• 32GB / 64GB
• A10X Fusion Chip with 64-Bit Architecture
• HD & UHD TVs with HDMI & Bluetooth Keyboards
• HD & UHD TVs with HDMI & Bluetooth Keyboards
• HDMI 2.0a, 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO; Simultaneous Dual Band

Description

When it comes to streaming, Apple TV has got your back. A small, compact device that'll connect to your TV seamlessly, you can download a variety of apps for your entertainment on the Apple TV. With apps for Apple TV+, Netflix, YouTube, and more, watch all your favorite content in one place: Apple TV.

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Overview

Apple TV is your center for entertainment. With apps like Netflix, YouTube, and more, you can enjoy all your favorite shows and videos with just one device. Simply connect it to your TV with an HDMI cord, download the apps you want and you're good to go.

The Apple TV’s sleek design round-edged, and half-matte-half-glossy finish makes any entertainment room classy. It's also compact, so you won't have to worry about it standing out too much.

Apple TV has user-friendly features and a high definition resolution for everyone in the family to enjoy. From streaming videos, listening to music, playing games, and all other Apple apps and features, there's something for everyone.

Of course, you'll need a subscription to access the features of some apps such as Netflix. But if you just want to easily access your subscriptions on full-screen, the Apple TV is the perfect device.

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Features

Design and Size

The Apple TV box is 35 x 98 x 98 mm and weighs 425 g. The matte black finish on the box has two sizes, 32GB and 64GB, to store everyone’s favorite shows and games. The round-edged, and half-matte, and half-glossy finish blends into the room without using too much space.

Processing Chip

Having access to multiple streaming channels and Apple’s Arcade application requires a powerful processing chip.

The A10X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture gives the Apple TV 30% faster CPU performance and 40% faster GPU performance than the A9X.

The enhanced processing chip ensures no one gets frustrated with a slow-loading app or game nor slow down the time to set up the Apple TV.

Accessibility

Everyone can get access to Apple TV with the updated accessibility features.

Apple TV has supportive features to enhance vision, hearing, and physical and motor skills. A few of the Apple TV features are labeled as VoiceOver, Zoom, Increase Contrast, Reduce Motion, Closed Caption, and SDH Support.

Apple TV owners can also enable Audio Descriptions, Siri Dictation, and Switch Controls to make it easy for everyone to enjoy using Apple TV.

Siri Remote

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Using Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, the Apple TV Siri Remote helps users navigate Apple TV with ease. The Siri Remote is 124 x 28 x 6.3 mm and weighs 45 g.

The Siri Remote is rechargeable through a lightning connector or can be charged through USB to a computer system or power adapter. With seven simple buttons, users won’t have issues navigating through Apple TV.

Compatibility and System Requirements

Maximize Apple TV by pairing it with Bluetooth keyboards and HD and UHD TVs using an HDMI cord. Using an Apple ID, users have access to their App Store and other Apple services.

Another detail users want to consider is the internet access needed for Apple TV. Apple TV usage requires 802.11 wireless, Ethernet network or Broadband internet connection and 4K and HDR TV for 4K, and HDR streaming.

If users don’t want streaming content, they can download must-have apps to elevate the Apple TV entertainment system.

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Audio and Video Formats

The Apple TV system is designed to support users’ entertainment needs. For the audio and video formats supported by Apple TV, look at the following lists to modify the home-theater and entertainment system experience.

Apple TV is compatible with the following audio formats:

  • HE-AAC (V1), AAC up to 320 Kbps, protected AAC from the iTunes Store, MP3 up to 320 Kbps, MP3 VBR, Apple Lossless, FLAC, AIFF, and WAV;
  • AC-3 Dolby Digital 5.1, E-AC-3 Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound and Dolby Atmos.


For video formats, Apple TV supports:

  • HEVC Dolby Vision (Profile 5) or HDR10 (Main 10 profile) up to 2160p;
  • H.264/HEVC SDR video up to 2160p, 60fps, Main or Main 10 profile;
  • H.264 Baseline Profile level 3.0 or lower with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 46kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats; and
  • MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 x 480 pixels, 30 fps, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 46kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats.

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Apple TV (2017) vs. Apple TV (2020): Which One Should You Buy?

2020 is shaping up to be a big year for Apple releases. Amongst those releases could be an all-new Apple TV.

Apple TVs seem to be upgraded every couple of years. The Apple TV 4th generation was released in 2015 and the previous model, the Apple TV 4K, released in 2017. The next version should come with a host of new upgrades, including a new chip, better hard drive options, and more.

Apple will ensure that we will get improved user experiences with more features and interface integrations. Continue reading for our breakdown and comparison of the Apple TV 4K (2017) and the rumored Apple TV 2020.

*Reminder: All information is tentative and subject to change until the product is officially released.

Key Differences

Apple TV 4K Apple TV 2020
Price Starting at $179 TBD
Chip A10X A12X
Hard Drive 32GB and 64GB 32GB, 64GB, 128GB
Graphics HDMI 2.0a3 HDMI 2.1
Remote Siri Remote Siri Remote 2020

Design and Size

The overall design of the Apple TV 2020 may not differ too much from the Apple TV 4K. The Apple TV 4K measures in at 95 x 95 x 38 mm, making it a relatively compact device. Paired with the classic Apple Tv remote, it’d be a surprise if Apple differed too much from this design and size.

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What could change, however, are the ports. Currently, the Apple TV 4K has a power supply port, an HDMI 2.0a3 port, and a Gigabit Ethernet port. Apple fans expect an upgrade in the HDMI port to an HDMI 2.1 port. We will further discuss this change later on.

Apple may even add a new port. Considering Apple’s shift towards using USB-C cords, the Apple TV 2020 could also come with a USB-C port. How to use this port is still up for debate.

Processing Chip

With three years having elapsed between now and the Apple TV 4K’s release, a chip upgrade is essentially confirmed should the Apple TV 2020 release.

The Apple TV 4K currently uses the A10X chip. The new chip allows the Apple TV 4K to play video in 4K, all while performing the necessary functions quickly and smoothly. We also see the A10X chip used in the second-generation iPad Pro released in 2017.

Prolific Apple leaker Jon Prosser stated this year that the Apple TV 2020 would have the A12X chip. We saw the A12X chip used in the third-generation iPad Pro released in 2018.

The A12X chip should offer a substantial upgrade from the A10X chip, allowing smoother operations of the Apple TV 2020.

Hard Drive

Currently, Apple TV 4K has two storage options: 32GB and 64GB. These storage options allow users to download HD movies, but they cannot download 4K movies. Users must stream for 4K content.

The Apple TV 2020 will offer a 128GB storage option, perhaps replacing the 32GB option altogether. Four times the storage will allow users to download 4K movies and keep more on the hard drive. While most Apple TV users will be streaming, it’s still nice to have some content backed up on your device.

There are rumors that a 256GB option could be coming to the Apple TV 2020 as well. If this is true, Apple may decide to replace the 64GB storage option and offer only 128GB and 256GB storage options for the Apple TV 2020.

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Graphics

The Apple TV 4K comes with an HDMI 2.0a3 port. For 4K content streaming, this port offers excellent graphics on-screen. Plug an HDMI cord into the Apple TV 4K and link it to your TV, and you’ll be able to experience 4K movies and shows.

However, the Apple TV 2020 will feature an HDMI 2.1 port. While this port maxes out with 4K content too, it streams content much faster than the HDMI 2.0a3 port. You’ll feel a difference in smoothness when it comes to operating the Apple TV 2020 and the Apple TV 4K.

Remote

The Apple TV remote or “Siri Remote” of the Apple TV 4K is relatively simple. With a Play/Pause button, volume control, a menu button, a mic button, a Home button, and Touch Surface, operating the Siri Remote is very straightforward.

The Apple TV 2020 aims to retain this slim design, but the remote will see some upgrades. Upgrades to Siri, Touch Surface sensitivity and more are all possibilities for Apple TV 2020.

Reminder:

To use Siri to control your Apple TV, remember that the mic is on the Siri Remote, not the Apple TV. Now you won’t have to speak extra loud to activate Siri; talk into the remote’s mic!

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