More facts comfirms that a new Apple TV is on the way with support for 4K HDR[High Dynamic Range]. The next iPhone’s screen design and face unlock / virtual home button features were previously revealed in the HomePod firmware, and now references to a new Apple TV have been spotted. iOS developer Guilherme Rambo has discovered hints at a 4K Apple TV, complete with high dynamic range (HDR) support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Existing Apple TV set-top box doesn’t support 4K, and we’ve been waiting for the company to adopt the ultra high-definition format.
Rumors of a new Apple TV with 4K and HDR have existed for months. Bloomberg first reported back in February that Apple is planning to support 4K content with “more vivid colors.” HDR support in any upcoming Apple TV will be key, and HDR is often a lot more impressive than just a simple resolution bump for movies and TV shows. But the truth is, when it comes to TV streaming boxes, it’s safe to say the Apple TV isn’t exactly king of the hill. Some say it’s struggling to compete with other streaming options like Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Roku and thats the bitter truth considering that we’re currently in the product’s fourth generation, and Apple hasn’t delivered on the TV revolution it promised.
Apple’s not at the top of its game with its TV streaming box, that doesn’t mean it’s out of the league completely. It still has a chance to get things right with a new, fifth-generation Apple TV. I know by now you want to know about it’s arrival, how much it is and a lot more. Well then, let me answer the ones I know of.
- What is it? The fifth generation of Apple’s connected TV box.This generation will be a little faster, a little more powerful and perhaps a little smaller or slimmer when compared to it’s predecessors. It’s also possible that Apple will introduce a larger hard drive option, or at the very least offer a way to expand memory externally. This means that even though it can hold larger apps, the fourth-generation Apple TV can’t hold many of them so the introduction of a fifth-generation Apple TV with 4K and HDR support as well as a 128GB hard drive option would be great.
- When is it out? To be frank, Apple has neither officially confirmed that a new Apple TV is on it’s way, nor said that there isn’t one on the way. Considering it is almost two years since we saw the last update to the device and late last year the third-generation Apple TV was pulled from stores, I think it is fair to tell that there’s a new model on the way soon.
- How much would it be? There’s no official price point just yet.