|Product Dimensions||5.3 x 6.4 x 2.6 inches|
|Item Weight||1.8 pounds|
|Item model number||MQD22LL/A|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Date First Available||September 12, 2017|
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Apple TV 4K (32GB)
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- 4K HDR and Dolby Vision for stunning picture quality
- Dolby Atmos for immersive, room-filling sound
- Watch original stories from the most creative minds in TV and film on Apple TV+; included for one year when you buy an Apple TV 4K
- Play groundbreaking, new original games from Apple arcade
- Use Airplay to view photos and videos from your iPhone and iPad on your TV
- Ask Siri to search for movies, shows, and games with the Siri Remote
- Netflix, HBO Now, Hulu, Amazon Prime video, and thousands more apps in the app store
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|Price||From: $179.00||From: $149.00|
|Video Output||2160p, Dolby Vision and HDR10||1080p|
|Audio Output||Up to Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound||Up to Dolby Atmos 360-degree cinema sound|
|Processor||A10X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture||A8 chip with 64-bit architecture|
Apple TV 4K
In the Box
Apple TV 4K, Siri Remote, Power cord, Documentation, Lightning to USB cable
Gigabit Ethernet; 802.11ac Wi‑Fi with MIMO; simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); Bluetooth 5.0
HDMI 2.0a3, Gigabit Ethernet, IR receiver
1.4 inches (35 mm)
3.9 inches (98 mm)
3.9 inches (98 mm)
15 ounces (425 g)
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Do you have a 4K TV, with HDR support? Do you have an over 30 Mb/s Internet connection? Is your primary mobile platform iOS? Do you have a significant amount of content purchased via iTunes? If so, I think you will find the Apple TV to be a competently, and occasionally gratifyingly executed streamer which benefits from the strong iOS ecosystem. If not, then some other, cheaper, device will probably serve you better.
I've owned every generation of the Apple TV, from the original silver box, and the 4K is the main streamer attached to my 4K TV, an LG OLED55B7. I've owned this particular Apple TV for 3 months at this writing, time enough to give it a proper review.
32GB vs 64GB
As content is almost uniformly streamed (although you can get limited DVR apps), any excess space would be for large asset games. I bought the 64GB version, but that was for future proofing. Most people will be just as happy with the 32GB version.
Delivering High Quality Video Content
As an owner of hundreds of iTunes hosted movies, I was happy with Apple when they announced that not only would 4K material be sold without a price premium, but existing purchases would be upgraded to 4K at no additional cost. Older movies I had purchased such as The Princess Bride, or the James Bond movies have started showing up as 4K content. Combined with tvOS settings to match content frame rate, and HDR settings, older movies are much improved especially when HDR is captured. The black levels and popping colors of older film movies, along with the loss of frame conversion judder can result in a nearly transformative viewing experience. On the downside, telling the TV to switch display mode does result in a frustrating couple seconds of black screen as any video playback both begins and ends.
If your TV supports HDR, the improvement in catalog titles—movies I’ve seen many times—can be startling. I did not expect movies like Ghostbusters (1984) to be as fresh looking.
As my TV supports Dolby Vision, and newish iTunes movies are typically encoded with that advanced HDR format, I am prepared for a treat when I see the Dolby Vision tag appear on my screen. Modern movies so encoded, like La La Land, make me wonder if it's even possible for the human eye to see a better picture. If you have a new OLED, you really have to try it out.
Out of curiosity, I purchased the UHD Blu-ray version of Justice League with HDR, and compared it to the iTunes 4K Dolby Vision version. I wanted to find out what I was missing with streaming level quality. While I had the nagging feeling the disc version was somehow cleaner, there was no discernible difference between the two versions as I switched back and forth. Both looked great. Plus, there is a scene midway through the movie where my UHD Blu-ray player locks up leading me to learn that scrubbing through a movie on my Apple TV is much faster than my LG UHD player. For me, the convenience and lower cost of online movies outstrips any barely perceptible quality improvement, and I'm unlikely to buy a UHD disc again.
At this writing, I have 30 MBit fiber service to the house and 4K movies start streaming within a few seconds most every time and have only paused for buffering a handful of times in months of active use.
Some apps require updates. For example, I use an over the air DVR app (MythTV) which shows signs of poor frame rate conversions and horrible color matching while using the content matching settings. The same 1080i content looks great when played via my TVs built in DLNA app. I hope this gets updated soon.
With tvOS 12, Apple delivers on its promise to bring the high end audio system Dolby Atmos to many, specially encoded, movies. As I'm that kind of person, I spent a Sunday crawling through my attic installing a pair of affordable ceiling speakers, and wiring them into my (compatible) AV receiver. It's a nice improvement, but not a spectacular one. Whereas the effect as demonstrated by the Dolby demo app on my LG TV shows what's possible with height speakers, actual movies tend to have subtle effects. I've listened to several Atmos encoded iTunes movies: Lego Batman, Ready Player One, Spiderman: Homecoming, Justice League, Earth: One Amazing Day and I enjoyed the immersive sound track, but the actual amount of sound coming out of the ceiling speakers is often small: often just the background music or a bit of an echo. Is it an improvement? Yes. Am I happy I spent $120 and an afternoon cutting into my ceiling? Yes. Has its spectacular-ness changed my perception of cinema? No. It's just a nice value add.
As an App Platform
Apple has made it easy to bring iOS apps to the tvOS platform, the large majority of the code for my own app runs unmodified on both platforms. So there is no technical reason for developers to avoid the tvOS platform; however there hasn't exactly been a gold rush, and some corporate goals clash. For instance, you will not see the highest possible quality YouTube content because of a disagreement between Apple and Google over the VP9 codec, and it took years for Amazon to finally bring (a fairly mediocre) version of their Prime Video app. I can report, however, that the Apple TV version of the Amazon Prime Video app does not skip audio like the version embedded in my TV, while still delivering stunning images as illustrated by the beautiful cars rolling throughout The Grand Tour. Wow.
I've been happy with the collection of video streaming apps: Hulu, Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Video, VRV, and SlingTV are all serviceable, as well as local area streamers such as the live TV "Channels" and Tablo DVR apps which pull content from devices on my network. It's good that more and more services are allowing their content to be gathered into the centralized TV; app; I don't have to spend my time looking through different apps for content. People with content purchased on Amazon, Vudu or Google Play can create a Movies Anywhere account, download the free app and watch non-iTunes content on the Apple TV (and even get a few free movies in the process).
As a Game Machine
Many games are available, my family is particularly fond of Just Dance which makes use of the accelerometer on the Siri remote, and I have a couple gamepads that make games like Asphalt 8 tolerable. However, the Apple TV has not become a competitive gaming destination when compared to PlayStation or Xbox
The remote is flimsy and sometime irritating when it comes to simple actions like showing closed captions. It's deficiencies are the primary reason I gave this streamer 4 instead of 5 stars. It works most of the time, and if you get into the habit of having Siri do things for you, can be fun. At least the 4K version of this remote makes it visually easier to tell what end is which via the simple affordance of a white ring around the menu button. The volume buttons are my favorite feature of the remote: they work with everything I've thrown at it: my receiver, the speakers inside my TV, various Bluetooth headphones...
One of my favorite features is using Siri to turn off HomeKit enabled devices. So just before bed, I'll tell it to turn off the basement lights or power down the AC in the guest room.
Interfacing with Other Devices
I have a new Yamaha 4K Home Theatre Receiver and I've been happy with how waking the Apple TV will wake the receiver and wake the TV over HDMI, and how the TV remote can control the Apple TV, again via HDMI. It makes a universal remote much less desirable. I've also been happy with using easily paired Bluetooth headphones to listen at night. This, I think, is superior to the wired connection one would find on the Roku remote. However, my TV also supports Bluetooth headphone pairing, which is even better as then I can hear all the sounds, not just those coming out of the Apple TV. Inexpensive Bluetooth keyboards can be paired, making searches and password entry much easier or even better use the iPhone remote app. (HDMI integration has also worked with the new Denon and Sony receivers I've tried.)
For a while, I was connecting the Apple TV directly to the HDMI port in my TV and bringing sound into my receiver via ARC, but I eventually found that using a shorter (1 ft) quality HDMI cable allowed me to connect the Apple TV to my receiver and still be able to display Dolby Vision content without sparkles or lip syncing issues. Finally, a 1 cable to the TV solution.
I am an advocate of devices, like this one, which have Ethernet ports, as I believe in the old adage that if you have a wire, you don't have a problem. Still, it does support modern WiFi if needed.
If you want to get deep into the Apple ecosystem, an Apple TV can act as the central hub of the HomeKit home automation environment. Thus, I can remotely manage light switches, fans, control my thermostat, and find out the temperature of a variety of rooms from my iPhone.
And ancient AirPlay is surprisingly useful for quickly bringing up content, such as sharing a YouTube video from your phone. I've taken to reading my son's computer class homework via Airplay where we can both comfortably read it on the big screen while he's editing it on his Mac laptop.
The current version of tvOS has been exceptionally reliable but occasionally apps will have to be restarted. Certainly not every day or every week but sometimes.
Versus Previous Versions
This contains a better processor than the Apple TV 4, but I can't say that it is any smoother than what was already smooth, and if you don't have a 4K TV with HDR, you will likely not notice better video quality. Functionally, the Apple TV 4 works just like the 4K. Older generations beyond that, are showing their age and I find that the 3rd generation is laggy and the 2nd generation is crashy. The 4K no longer has a USB port, so for app development, you'd best get used to remote debugging.
I like the Apple TV 4K. I wish Apple didn't price it like an Apple product, but I use it everyday in many ways, and it does everything I want from a streamer.
EDIT 1: A few months have gone by and all good. Wanted to update by informing that my LG tv has some of the same apps as the Apple Box and I find they are much more stable using the Apple device. YouTubetv in particular can be wonky when using the LG app, but works perfectly on ATV. Just one more bonus point!
Top international reviews
The Apple TV is gorgeous to look at, wired connectivity built in for better and more reliable connectivity, the remote (its a little sensitive!) is a work of art, but, and most importantly, all the apps I wanted are in one place:
- Prime Video
- Now TV
- Disney Junior
- YouTube (you can watch purchased Google content via this, and unlike Amazon, its the full app)
- BBC iPlayer
Yes, its pricey, but its finally achieved something that I am sure I am not the only one looking for - "one box to rule them all!"
The user interface is much improved with a similarly improved remote control with track pad function.
The biggest improvement however is the image quality, with such high defninition it felt like our TV was new too.
The new range of apps are greatly increased and it is easy to use with a decent collection of channel options.
It is slightly larger (taller) than the older models of Apple TV, but as it included the app for nowtV, we got rid of that box and the one unit does look a lot more tidy.
I think the power cable is a little short and wish to buy a replacement longer one.
There are lots of game apps which do not seem well thought out, a case of “we can do this so let’s add them”
This is the 3rd Apple TV I've owned and setup wasn't as easy as the others, Lag was crazy at first... which wherever I searched came up with the same solution.... fix your network. I did this, and it didn't help. What I did realise after looking through the settings extensively, is that the device after doing its initial set up, didn't realise my TV was 60hz and defaulted to 50hz. It also did not set itself to Chroma 4:2:2 which I have the correct cable for.
After manually setting up the Apple TV myself all lag disappeared, and the picture was visibly clearer and smoother.
Everything else is standard Apple, integration in to the eco system is seamless and work flawlessly.
Apps are a bit meh and need working on from Apple's perspective, think app store for Mac lol.
Music integration is standard Apple.
Every other streaming service is on here too.
Best thing about this is if you have a big library of films and a 4K TV, the upgrade to 4K on any films are free if you bought the HD version, a rare freebie given by Apple.
Great range of 4K content at very reasonable prices in the apple store. You also regularly get extras with these purchases similar to a dvd.
Remote works great although takes a little getting use to (I also use my iPhone as a remote especially for typing)
I have both a uk and us iTunes account, the box lets me switch between them at the touch of a button to access both libraries.
All the main apps are there.
Picture quality on the menus and content are great.
Most games are rubbish.
Apps are very limited compared to us store.
No google play apps(but YouTube can be used to view google purchases)
Overall a very well polished but of kit and superior in most ways to my Android shield tv, but still need both to cover all areas.
I thought I would be reaching for my Bluetooth keyboard, but actually the remote is intuitive both for the initial setup and use once you are up and running.
Apple gadget or a Windows computer. What an utter rip off. For those of us with Android phones and computers this is not possible. Dont buy unless you want suckered into being forced to go Apple.
1. Whilst a previous Apple product I purchased on Amazon turned out to be a fake, I can attest that this is an official Apple TV. At the time of my purchase, this was cheaper than buying from Apple direct, but not by a huge amount - also, it's not packaged as well as if sent from Apple, thus mine arrived with a dented box.
2. The picture quality is mostly great (as you would expect from 4K) however, I found that the quality from Netflix looked better via the app on my TV than it does via the Apple box (since investigation, I've learnt that I'm not the only one who has found this).
3. You can upload your own videos to the internal hard-drive if you download the VLC app - there are plenty of websites that tell you how to do this. Apple have deliberately made this a painful process as they want you to buy their films from iTunes.
4. Given that you can get Prime, Netflix, iPlayer etc. from most smart-tv’s these days, this might only be worth the purchase if you have (or plan to build) an extensive iTunes library.
5. The remote is hit and miss… sometimes it is genius and sometimes it seems too over-sensitive.
6. Voice-control is pretty accurate and seems to find what I ask to search for 99% of the time - in addition, it seems to search all the apps you have to give you a choice of where to buy/rent/watch the movie from.
7. You can use your phone to manually search and/or enter a password which is simple but effective (I hate having to select a letter at a time from a TV digital Qwerty keyboard).
I’m mostly happy - it is after all a very clever piece of technology. I should point out that I had a number of vouchers to use to reduce the price and I have quite a few iTunes movies - if either of these points hadn’t have been the case I would have been disappointed, as nearly all apps are available in modern TV’s / Games consoles and movies that aren't made by apple can be played from a USB stick.
Please enter your password to sign into home theatre
Please enter your password to sign into apple again
Please enter your password to sign into game center
Please enter your password to sign into the Apple TV app
Please enter your password to sign into iCloud
Please enter your password to sign int-ahh I'll just switch off the TV and go for a walk
My only problem is that the remote takes a bit of getting used to.
Apple TV has very limited free content, but the Morning Show much better than expected from the reviews.
Works really well in conjunction with apple music (subscription required) with many songs available with lyrics that scroll as the song plays - great for Karaoke. Can also access a massive choice of music videos. Also easy to link with your own itunes library on a PC on the same network. However the software needs improving. Should be able to group albums together for easy viewing but only way is to generate a massive playlist of individual tracks.
The worst thing is the remote. Its too sensitive - even with practice. Voice controlled search is pretty good most of the time in recognising your voice accurately. Within the music app once you select search, you then have to scroll down to use voice activation, often going past the correct point due to the already mentioned oversensitive touch pad. The remote itself is not very nice or ergonomic to hold. Too minimalist and too small. Just discovered the lower half of the remote face is made of glass - which has now fractured after drop on hard floor. This has happened within a month of ownership, all other remotes are undamaged despite years (in some cases) of use. - not impressed. Have now ordered a protective cover - for which there is a massive choice on Amazon - I wonder why!
Picture quality is very good. Screen savers have a lot of interesting content but you dont seem to be able to just select the ones you like best.
Sound is also very good when played through hifi system, especially the music.
To summarise, great access point to multiple TV apps and music, either your own or by subscription, Remote needs improving and control software not up to apples usual standard.
Definately worth getting but looses 2 stars due to poor remote and poor Apple TV free content.
To cut to the chase: The Apple TV 4K does Amazon prime video content perfectly. MUCH better than the FireTV box. Amazon should be embarrassed that their own hardware is so badly shown up by a competitor's on **Amazon's own content**! The Amazon FireTV has been irritating me for years with its dropped frames, poor picture quality and inability to match frame rates. The Apple TV 4K blows it away in terms of picture quality and motion. This is probably due to the Apple's native frame rate matching that no other box appears to do (and this is the reason I decided to take a punt on one).
On Netflix content: Picture quality is again far superior to the FireTV. Motion is perfect.
On BBC iPlayer content: Good picture quality, but there's a MAJOR drawback. See below.
Downsides I've found so far:
* I HATE the Siri remote. What's wrong with buttons? Trying to fast forward or rewind with the track pad is always a frustrating experience and different technique from app to app. Minimalism gone mad. Oh yeah, it's slippery as an eel and completely the wrong size for my hand so it frequently goes flying across the room - and that's before I fling it from frustration! You can't tell which end is which in the dark. Hard to imagine why they would make such an un-ergonomic object. Good news is that the Apple TV can learn inputs from other remotes so you can use spare buttons from your TV remote for example. I will try to find an old Apple TV remote - one with buttons.
* No subtitles possible on BBC iPlayer! What the? Come on BBC. Catch up.
* NowTV content: This box is not going to replace my NowTV box. The NowTV app on the AppleTV is rubbish. No wish list is the biggest issue. Picture quality is good, though - as good as with the NowTV box. Frame rate matching doing its job with the 50Hz NowTV content. The NowTV box does iPlayer perfectly so I'll be using it for that.
Picture quality on a 4K display is excellent, especially if you have the right cable and display to view full 4K @60Hz. The remote control is super intuitive once you realise which half of it you should be sliding your fingers and thumbs on. The on-screen display gets some getting used to but if you know how to go back via the remote you can explore all the options in half an hour or less. All the free content is via free downloadable apps like iPlayer and ITV Play etc.
When I bought this I got an offer of a one year subscription to Apple TV+ thrown in for free. Therein lies a problem with the Apple TV. When you first fire it up you think the lack of included content other than the BBC iPlayer etc is because you don't have subscription to Apple TV+ and then you get a subscription you realise there isn't much content on there either and what is there may be big budget, like 'See', but there isn't much 'must view'. Anything else like the latest films you need to pay extra for. If you already have an Amazon Fire 4K TV stick (which is considerably cheaper) and a fast wi-fi network, then there isn't much to be gained from buying an Apple TV.
So overall a well designed device that feels good and looks good but doesn't really deliver the goods when it comes to content yet. I use the word 'yet' more in hope than expectation.
Update - The remote control continues to be more annoying than Piers Morgan (UK Viewers) and less responsive to my needs. Buy an Amazon FireTV 4K instead for less than half the price and you can watch the apple stuff, which still isn't much, through that instead.