Apple has just announced a new Apple TV 4K, replacing the the previous device that came out in 2017. The new model features the A12 Bionic chip that lets it play HDR video at higher frame rates. It also comes with Thread, which means it can act as a border router within HomeKit.
The New Apple TV 4K can support 4K streaming as well as HDR, including Dolby Vision at 60 FPS. It also supports Dolby Atmos and can be paired with the OG HomePod for Home Theatre.
There is also a new feature that allows the Apple TV 4K to work with iPhone to improve your television’s picture quality. Apple says this new feature will allow for more accurate colours and improved contrast tailored specifically to your TV.
Apple has completely redesigned the remote for the new Apple TV 4K with an improved, more ergonomic design and more capabilities. This device features a new pad control with five-way navigation. Additionally, there’s a separate power button that controls a TV’s power, a separate button for mute, and Apple moved the Siri button to the side of the remote. You’ll also find the usual buttons for volume, play/pause, back, and home.
While all of this is great, the biggest feature for HomeKit users is Thread support built in. This means that the New Apple TV 4K will be the second border router device that provides support within HomeKit.
While Apple has remained quite on adding Thread support for its products. This has not stopped device makers embracing Thread with a number of devices like the Eve Weather and Nanoleaf Essentials range being released.
The new Apple TV 4K starts at $179/£169 for 32GB of storage and will be available to purchase starting on April 30th. A 64GB model will also be available for $199.