The 3rd generation Apple TV 4K is powered by an A15 Bionic chip compared to the A12 in the previous generation of the 4K model. According to Apple, the chip is 50% faster for speedy navigation and better responsiveness. Its increased power efficiency also helps it to run cooler. Apple has removed the internal fan making for a more compact device that is 12% thinner than the 2nd generation model and weighs half of what it was previously.
Gameplay is smoother as the GPU performance is 30% faster than the previous generation. Plus, it has more RAM. Upped from 3 GB of RAM to 4GB, the 3rd generation top model maxes out at 128GB versus 64GB which should help with gaming and downloads.
As Apple’s Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing said, “The new Apple TV 4K is unlike anything else out there, given its seamless connection to other Apple devices, ease of use, and access to amazing Apple content. It offers something for everyone in the family to love.”
Adding HDR10+ completes its HDR support along with HDR 10 and DolbyVision. Audio formats include up to 7.1 channel Dolby Digital Plus, and AAC music of up to 320 Kbps per channel and 48kHz stereo audio.
Apple TV 4K comes in two models: WiFi and WiFi and Ethernet with a Gigabit Ethernet port. Both are capable of WiFi 6 for reliable and fast wireless connections and have Thread mesh networking that works with other Thread home devices to extend a wireless signal making for better coverage and access through the home.
The Siri remote still has the touch-enabled click wheel that works in playback to visually scrub to the spot in a video that you are trying to find. The only difference with the new remote is a USB-C connection has replaced the lightning port, and the new remote doesn’t come with a charging cable.
Updates to Siri make it easier to control Apple TV and interact with their results as it features a complete redesign. Siri will be able to recognize each user’s voice to access their movies, music and apps quickly. Users can ask Siri, “What should I watch?” for personalized recommendations.
AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max can be paired with the Apple TV for an immersive spatial audio experience. The AirPods also allow users to ask Siri to control the TV hands-free by saying, “Hey, Siri.”
Siri can also ask the Apple TV to control nearby HomeKit devices, like turning on lights, locking doors, and so forth. The Apple TV can display multiple cameras simultaneously on the TV screen. HomeKit Secure video uses the on-device intelligence of Apple TV 4K to analyze video to recognize faces, animals, cars, and package deliveries.
As with the earlier generation, SharePlay works on the Apple TV by starting a FaceTim call on an iPhone or iPad. The playback is synced on all participant’s devices, where everyone has shared playback controls to play, pause, fast forward, or rewind and can use voice controls with the Siri Remote.
The Apple TV 4K 3rd generation has dropped $50 in price from $179 for the 32GB 2nd generation Apple TV 4K to $129 for the new model with 64GB. The 128GB model is $149.
Pre-orders are now available from retailers and will be shipped and in stores on November 4th.