Apple TV 4K (2022) is one of the devices announced by the Cupertino giant, in addition to the refreshed iPad. Unlike last year’s Smart Hub streamer, the 3rd generation Apple TV 4K comes with notable hardware upgrades. And most importantly, it is cheaper than before.
- The Apple 3rd Gen Apple TV 4K got a new A15 chipset.
- It is also thin and light.
- The Apple TV 4K (2022) starts at $129 for the 64GB variant.
This year’s TV 4K is significantly smaller in size but has the same boxy shape. Compared to the previous generation, the new device is 50 percent lighter and 10 percent thinner. Apple says this is the result of the Apple A15 Bionic chipset incorporating a cooling fan.
Apple adds that the Apple TV 4K (2022) has a 50 percent faster processor and 30 percent better graphics performance. And with the A15 SoC, connectivity is improved with Wi-Fi 6. There’s also an Ethernet port, especially in the 128GB variant. The latter uses the Thread mesh network, which is in Mate-ready smart home devices.
As for output quality, the Apple TV 4K now supports HDR10+ over and above the Dolby Vision standard. Likewise, audio features are maintained with everything from Dolby Atmos to Dolby Digital 7.1 surround sound. In addition, the smart box runs on the latest TVOS and comes with other Apple services including Apple Music, Fitness+ and Play Center.
Apple TV 4K 3rd Generation Price and Availability
The Wi-Fi-only model of the Apple TV 4K with 64GB of storage starts at $129. It’s $50 cheaper than the 2nd generation version, now down to $109. Meanwhile, the 128GB Apple TV 4K, which features an Ethernet port and Threaded networking, costs $149.
Both variants are available for pre-order and come with Siri Remote which charges via USB-C port. Shipping is scheduled to begin on November 4. Apple surprisingly says it has stopped selling Apple TV HD in online stores.