Review By Mike Wuerthele Friday, September 29, 2017, 08:32 am PT (11:32 am ET) The oft-complained about lack of support for 4K has been rectified in the update to the Apple TV. The new Apple TV 4K not only has the higher resolution but support for HDR —and AppleInsider has examined it in detail. The new Apple TV 4K biggest selling point is right in its name —4K. But, there's a lot of hardware inside to make that happen. Apple didn't skimp on the processor. The A10X fusion processor provides the oomph to drive all those pixels, with more bits per pixel than the last version. Coupled with the A10X Fusion processor is 3 gigabytes of RAM, and either 32 or 64 gigabytes of storage. This all connects to the world either with 802.11ac Wi-Fi or a new Gigabit Ethernet Port, as well as HDMI 2.0. The old USB-C port used for diagnostics and developers is gone, and has been replaced with communications across the network. All this is cooled by a fan —the first of its kind … [Read more...] about Review: Apple TV 4K is an impressive extension of the iTunes ecosystem to the living room
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Apple TV has grown up a lot since its iTV days. It’s not just for iTunes rentals anymore—Apple TV handles just about anything we watch, from House of Cards to Game of Thrones and Major League Baseball games, and now that includes 4K content.Since Apple opened up its tiny streaming box to developers, it’s gone from fun to indispensable. With an extensive library of apps, Siri support, and a drop-dead simple interface, Apple TV is one of the underrated players in Apple’s lineup. Just like all those years ago, it’s still the device that “completes the story” of Apple’s entertainment ecosystem, and even without some of the bells and whistles of its competitors, Apple TV is still one of the best streaming boxes you can buy—from SD to HD to brilliant 4K.And we’ve got everything you need to know about it, including any questions you have about the new 4K model. Whether you’re buying your first one or just want to learn a few … [Read more...] about Apple TV 4K and tvOS 11: Everything you need to know about Apple’s digital media streamer
Some of the biggest names in the Android arms race have already had their chance to amaze people at February's MWC 2016 conference in Barcelona. Now, it's Apple's turn to get the crowd going with new iOS-powered action. The rumor birdies keep chirping about an upcoming March 21 event, where Apple will be pulling a hat-trick, announcing a new 4-inch iPhone, presenting the Apple Watch 2, and showcasing the next chapter in the iPad's short, but remarkable history – the iPad Air 3.This will be pretty huge for tablet lovers, because Android manufacturers – not unlike mobile users themselves – have lost their love for slates and turned their attention towards phablets. And let's not kid ourselves, the newest Surface tablet is awesome, but not everyone wants a Windows device. Thus, Apple is once again poised to retain the tablet crown by introducing the iPad Air 3, which is largely believed to be the iPad Pro in a hands-friendly 9.7-inch format. There's a pretty good chance … [Read more...] about iPad Air 3 Rumor Review: Apple slims the iPad Pro down for the masses
App attack By Nilay Patel "The future of TV is here." It is not the world’s most understated tagline for a new product, especially one from Apple. If you want to set sky-high expectations around a new TV product after years of rumors and sly winks and shelved plans, well, that’s exactly how to do it. You say that you’ve invented the future of TV, and that it is here. You say it while knowing full well that Steve Jobs set the stage for a radical new TV from Apple in 2011 by directly telling his biographer that he’d "finally cracked it," and that he wanted to create "an integrated television set that is completely easy to use," with "the simplest user interface you could imagine." You say that the future of TV is here even though every attempt to place a computer at the center of the living room experience has bombed catastrophically for nearly two decades, and that rivals like Microsoft and Google have each been floored by the challenges of television. You take … [Read more...] about Apple TV review: is this the future?
It doesn’t light up all of the lights. Listeners of The Vergecast know that I’ve been ridiculously excited about the new Apple TV 4K for weeks now, because there isn’t a great standalone streaming device that supports Dolby Vision 4K HDR and the new Dolby Atmos surround sound format. I just haven’t been able to use the full capabilities of my home theater — lighting up both the Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos lights on my receiver and TV — and I was excited for Apple to put out a polished, high-end product that got me there. Apple is firmly at the high end of the market: the Apple TV 4K starts at $179, much more than competing 4K HDR-capable devices like the $89 Roku Premiere+ or the $69 Google Chromecast Ultra. I was really expecting — hoping! — this thing would blow me away. But the new Apple TV doesn’t support Atmos. And it doesn’t support YouTube in 4K HDR. And it doesn’t have Disney or Marvel movies in 4K HDR. And it … [Read more...] about Apple TV 4K review: so close, so far