Introduced an updated Apple TV 4K TV box – Apple A12 Bionic processor, 120Hz support and an improved remote

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Introduced an updated Apple TV 4K TV box – Apple A12 Bionic processor, 120Hz support and an improved remote

Apple has updated its Apple TV 4K media box for the first time since 2017. The novelty has retained the appearance and name of the previous model but offers several hardware and software improvements. For example, there is support for a high refresh rate when playing HDR video and video in the Dolby Vision format.

Apple TV 4K
Apple TV 4K

At the heart of the updated Apple TV 4, K is the A12 Bionic processor, which provides significant graphics performance, video decoding, and audio processing. The company notes that thanks to the new chip, the set-top box can play a video stream in Dolby Vision at 60 frames per second via AirPlay from the iPhone 12 Pro smartphone. It should be recalled that the Apple TV 4K media set-top box, released in 2017, also supports 4K video streaming, HDR, and Dolby Vision technologies. Also, it can work with Dolby Atmos audio codecs. At the same time, it does not support 120Hz refresh rates as the updated version.

Another interesting feature of the Apple TV 4K updated model has automatically calibrated the image on the screen using the light sensor installed in the iPhone. The updated Apple TV 4K can automatically correct the color balance of the picture, adjusting it to the accepted cinematic standards.

For the new Apple TV 4K, the company has completely redesigned the remote control. Its body is made from 100 percent recycled aluminum. He got a more ergonomic design, as well as a few additional buttons. It’s worth starting because it has a dedicated on/off button for the TV. He also acquired a five-position round touch panel. For example, with its help, you can quickly select the desired scene or frame in a particular TV show or movie with a circular touch of the outer edge.

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Also noteworthy is the appearance of a button to turn on and off the silent mode. The Siri digital assistant has moved to the right side of the remote. It is convenient to operate it with your thumb. With Siri, you can search for specific shows and movies, control various smart home items, check sports news, weather, and other information. Apple said Austria, Ireland, and New Zealand had joined the countries that support Siri on Apple TV.

The updated set-top box Apple TV 4K will be available in two versions: 32 GB and 64 GB of permanent memory. The company estimated the first option at $ 179, the second at $ 199. Both can be ordered from April 30th. They will be on sale in mid-May. For those who do not need support for 4K resolution, the company is ready to offer a regular Apple TV HD media box for $ 149. She will also receive an updated remote control.

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