Apple TV 4K

8.3/10 AVG.
RATING

  • Apple TV 4K
  • Apple TV 4K

Apple hits nearly every sweet spot with its upgraded Apple TV 4K.

- Alex Kidman, finder.com.au 


Apple's entry into the 4K/HDR world has a few issues to work out.

- Devindra Hardawar, Engadget 

Specs / Features


Specification

Brand Apple
Warranty 12 months
Release date 22-September-2017
Size 3.6 x 9.9 x 9.9 cm (1.4 x 3.9 x 3.9 in)
Weight 424.9 grams
(15 ounces)

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Intuitive, fluid interface
  • Great integration with iOS and HomeKit products
  • 4K/UHD and HDR support
  • Plenty of storage
  • Can play apps and games as well as stream media
  • Clean design that will fit most entertainment systems

What's bad

  • No optical audio
  • No USB
  • Remote easily lost due to size
  • No 4K YouTube support

While many media streamers added 4K and HDR to their feature set generations ago, Apple TV was slow on the uptake. With their latest release, they’re on par with the competition regarding features. But is it enough to justify the price?

If you’ve seen a previous Apple TV model, then you know what to expect here. In fact, the only real changes are a slight increase in height for the Apple TV box itself and the addition of a raised white ring on the remote to help you tell which way you’re holding it in the dark.

If you’re not familiar with their design, it’s a minimalistic square black puck. The latest release includes a power adapter port, an HDMI port, and a gigabit ethernet port—an important inclusion with the bump to 4K.

For those using the Apple TV 4K in another room, dual-band wireless AC support should provide plenty of bandwidth to keep quality high without worries about buffering and delays—assuming your Internet connection can keep up.

Digging into the specifics, the box supports both Dolby Vision and standard HDR10 formats for added flexibility. Unfortunately, reviews note that the box decides the best to use automatically, so you don’t get many options in picking based on your own preferences.

There’s also support for Dolby Digital 5.1 and Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound. However, the only audio output available is through the HDMI port, so you’ll need to keep that in mind when pairing it with audio equipment. Also, reviewers noted that surround sound is not working with Amazon Prime Video outside of UHD mode. It’s also limited to 1080p for YouTube content.

One area where the Apple TV 4K stands out from the competition is its processor. While most use just enough to keep things running smoothly, Apple has packed in their 64-bit Apple A10X Fusion chip—the same one found in the Apple iPad Pro. This makes the streaming box capable of running the latest games while ensuring the system runs fast at all times.

You’ll also find 3GB of RAM and 32 or 64GB of storage. If you plan to rely on streaming for most of your media, the 32GB model is more than enough. However, the option for more is nice. Keep in mind, however, that without USB ports, there is no way to expand storage. So if you think you might need more in the future, jump for the larger storage option upfront.

Overall, reviewers liked the Apple TV 4K. However, like most Apple products, your final impressions will likely revolve around your investment in the Apple ecosystem. The streaming box pairs well with other iOS and HomeKit devices, but doesn’t offer as many bells and whistles if you’re using Android and Google products.

GSM Arena highlights this, saying, “If YouTube 4K content playback is your priority or you're not an Apple user then we can't recommend the Apple TV 4K as you'd be better serviced by one of its alternatives from Roku, Amazon or Google’s own Chromecast Ultra.” The Wirecutter also includes it as an upgrade pick for its 2018 best media streamers roundup, saying, “The Apple TV 4K’s clean, easy to use, customizable interface provides the best overall user experience of any media streamers.”

Critic Reviews


CordCutters

The best streaming box you can buy

from CordCutters

What's so great about Apple TV? It just works, and it works well. It's fast to run apps, and crashes are few and far between. The hardware is excellent and includes both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, so things will look just about as good as they can on a 4K display. Apps also generally are similar in...More

What's so great about Apple TV? It just works, and it works well. It's fast to run apps, and crashes are few and far between. The hardware is excellent and includes both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, so things will look just about as good as they can on a 4K display. Apps also generally are similar in nature, with gestures and menus and what not sharing the same sort of design.

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T3

So slick and now with accompanying TV app, but no Dolby Atmos

from T3

We love the Apple TV 4K, but you need to be dedicated to Apple tech to justify the expense. If you have an Android phone, check out other options.

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We love the Apple TV 4K, but you need to be dedicated to Apple tech to justify the expense. If you have an Android phone, check out other options.

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GSMArena

Contents will never look and sound better

For the cost of a family trip to the cinema we'd recommend making the investment in the Apple TV 4K to future proof your purchase. You'll be glad you did when you do get that 4K tv. However, if YouTube 4K content playback is your priority or you're not an Apple user then we can't recommend the Apple TV 4K

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For the cost of a family trip to the cinema we'd recommend making the investment in the Apple TV 4K to future proof your purchase. You'll be glad you did when you do get that 4K tv. However, if YouTube 4K content playback is your priority or you're not an Apple user then we can't recommend the Apple TV 4K

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Mirror

Slick little black box but here's what the revamp is still missing

from Mirror

It depends what you are looking for. This is a niche market product meant for those who have top-of-the-range everything - in which case this is a reliably novel addidtion. But until Apple has a compelling content proposition, it will remain outside the mass market for a customer base alread...More

It depends what you are looking for. This is a niche market product meant for those who have top-of-the-range everything - in which case this is a reliably novel addidtion. But until Apple has a compelling content proposition, it will remain outside the mass market for a customer base already being charged several times over the odds for access to content on other platforms.

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The Wirecutter

For a superior interface

from The Wirecutter

The Apple TV 4K has the best user experience and support for Dolby Vision, but doesn’t support all the music services, and the search falls a bit behind Roku’s.

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The Apple TV 4K has the best user experience and support for Dolby Vision, but doesn’t support all the music services, and the search falls a bit behind Roku’s.

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finder.com.au

The best streaming box you can buy

from finder.com.au

Apple's upgraded 4K-capable Apple TV has a slick interface, quick response and more apps than any competing set top box or smart TV. This is the new standard for a set-top box that others now have to beat.

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Apple's upgraded 4K-capable Apple TV has a slick interface, quick response and more apps than any competing set top box or smart TV. This is the new standard for a set-top box that others now have to beat.

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Pickr

Ideal for anyone with a 4K TV

from Pickr

It’s not the upgrade for all, and if you don’t have a 4K TV yet, we’d probably wait until you do. But if you do, the Apple TV 4K makes a compelling case, and if you’re struggling to find 4K stuff to play, the Apple TV 4K is a must have for your home.

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It’s not the upgrade for all, and if you don’t have a 4K TV yet, we’d probably wait until you do. But if you do, the Apple TV 4K makes a compelling case, and if you’re struggling to find 4K stuff to play, the Apple TV 4K is a must have for your home.

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Canadian Reviewer

There's very little separating Apple TV 4K from the herd

from Canadian Reviewer

Apple TV 4K is an awaited update and a faster and more capable set-top box. It is the ideal device for longtime iTunes users with larger libraries of content who want to move to the 4K Ultra HD space.

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Apple TV 4K is an awaited update and a faster and more capable set-top box. It is the ideal device for longtime iTunes users with larger libraries of content who want to move to the 4K Ultra HD space.

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Ars Technica

Ambition, meet reality

from Ars Technica

Not everyone needs a new streaming box this year, but the Apple TV offers a much better interface and a wider range of apps than you’ll get on the majority of smart TVs or gaming consoles out there.

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Not everyone needs a new streaming box this year, but the Apple TV offers a much better interface and a wider range of apps than you’ll get on the majority of smart TVs or gaming consoles out there.

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Apple Insider

An impressive extension of the iTunes ecosystem to the living room

from Apple Insider

The point of the Apple TV is an insertion of the Apple ecosystem on a user's television, as integrated as possible into Apple's services. That's what's been promised with the Apple TV 4K, and that's what's been delivered —regardless of techies' complaints about X obscure feature missing fro...More

The point of the Apple TV is an insertion of the Apple ecosystem on a user's television, as integrated as possible into Apple's services. That's what's been promised with the Apple TV 4K, and that's what's been delivered —regardless of techies' complaints about X obscure feature missing from the device that only a minute portion of the audience really cares that deeply about.

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