Apple TV 4K launched with A12 Bionic processor

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Recently, Apple announced the second-generation Apple TV 4K streaming box at its ‘Spring Loaded’ virtual case. The latest Apple TV 4K builds on the 2017 model by including a faster A12 Bionic processor for high frame rate HDR video playback and a redesigned Siri remote with a dedicated power button and enhanced ergonomics.

Not only can the Apple TV 4K play HDR and Dolby Vision videos (which are also supported by the previous generation), but it can also do so at up to 60 frames per second (fps). Furthermore, the updated hardware supports 60fps Dolby Vision playback via AirPlay from a compatible iPhone, such as the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The new Apple TV, like the older one, supports Dolby Atmos.

Apple stated that it is collaborating with “leading video providers worldwide, including FOX Sports, NBC Universal, Paramount Plus, Red Bull TV, and Canal Plus” to create high frame rate HDR content for the Apple TV 4K.

According to Apple, the Apple TV “improves a television’s picture quality” by automatically tailoring the video performance using sensors in the iPhone to provide “more realistic colors and better contrast.” While the configuration of the Apple TV remains unchanged, Apple has modified the accompanying Siri remote with a new 5-way touch-enabled clickpad – its outer ring also functions as a jog control.

The base model of the Apple TV 4K costs Rs 18,990 and comes with 32GB of storage. The Apple TV 4K 64GB model has been priced at Rs 20,900. It will be available for pre-order on April 30 and will ship in the second half of May. The new Siri remote will also be available separately for Rs 5,800. Apple claims it is backward compatible with the previous generation Apple TV 4K as well as the much older Apple TV HD.

Apple will also sell three Magic Keyboard versions with aluminum enclosures that are color-matched to the respective iMacs (green, yellow, orange, pink, purple, blue, and silver). In select models, the bundled keyboard will also provide a Touch ID.

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