Apple has just unveiled an upgrade to its Apple TV product, which is now capable of playing movies and TV shows at 4K Ultra HD res. CEO Tim Cook said TV is at an “inflection point” with the mainstream adoption of 4K. The new Apple TV hardware allocate the company on equal footing with streaming product like Roku, Amazon, and Chrome, all of which already offer devices capable of 4K streaming technology. The internet connection speed of at least 15Mbps is required to watch in 4K on the new Apple TV.
The new Apple TV hardware is much more awesome and powerful than the last model; it now has an A10X Fusion processor — the same as what’s currently in the iPad Pro — and 3GB of RAM. These upgraded internals should allow for smooth playback of 4K content at up to speed of 60 frames per second. They should also make the Apple TV a more capable, casual gaming device.
Apple is also embracing HDR screen technology with this latest Apple TV, as it supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10. These high dynamic range technologies allow for brighter highlights and an expanded number of colors on television sets that also have HDR. The difference can be striking, sometimes even more so than the jump in resolution to 4K.