Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage today at a special event to announce new Apple products. Among them was the announcement of a new Apple TV capable of 4K video playback at 60 frames per second, as well as HDR video. The new Apple TV supports both of the two most popular HDR standards, HDR10 and Dolby Vision. The new hardware looks exactly like the existing Apple TV and uses the same Siri remote.
The new Apple TV 4K, as it is officially called, packs in Apple’s A10X processor. Apple says the new CPU is twice as powerful and the new GPU is four times as powerful as the existing Apple TV. This allows the new device to output its user interface in full 4K. It also has 3GB of RAM, which is an increase from the 2GB in the current Apple TV.
Just like the existing Apple TV, the Apple TV 4K will come in the same two internal storage sizes. The 32GB model will be $179 and the 64GB model will be $199. Apple will continue to sell the existing Apple TV, capable of only 1080p, at the same price of $149.
As for 4K content, Apple says major Hollywood studios are on board to bring their movies in 4K to Apple’s iTunes Store, including 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate, Paramount, Universal, Warner Bors., and Sony Pictures. As the rumors suggested, Apple negotiated with these studios and says the price of 4K movies will be the same as the 1080p HD versions, but specific prices were not revealed. Apple also says that movies available in 4K that customers have already purchased from iTunes in HD will be available to users in 4K at no additional charge.
Also available on the Apple TV 4K when it launches will be 4K content from Netflix and Amazon. Apple announced earlier this year that Amazon Video was coming to the Apple TV for the first time later this year. We now know it will include Amazon’s 4K original TV shows.
The new Apple TV will be available on September 22nd. Preorders start September 15th.