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(Apple recommends a minimum speed of 25 Mbps for 4K streaming.) Your Apple devices automatically switch the video quality to a lower quality version if your Internet connection isn't fast enough.

But, because it's Apple, this 4K version has its own particular flair. It comes with 4K HDR 10 support along with Dolby vision. For instance, 4K video taken on an iPhone will play easily on an Apple TV 4K.

The Apple TV 4K ships today. Apple TV 4K supports HDR, too.

Well duh, right? Aside from the iPhone app being very similar in function and features to what you get on your TV-connected device, the Netflix app allows you to download shows right to your device for offline viewing, making it a dream for commuters. Later this year, Apple plans to include Amazon Prime Video on its set-top box, and it will support 4K content from that service as well. This is because the device now doesn't support Google's VP9 codec, relying instead on H.264/HEVC.


So Apple's decision to treat 4K and HD the same is a good one.

The new Apple TV gets a faster processor, which should make high-end games better to play. You can use Siri, by the way, to find 4K content for you on Apple TV. Selection isn't as robust as the likes of App Store on iOS devices, and the remote experience simplifies what you can (and can't) do on Apple TV. "Aside from that tweak, though, the new model won't win over people who didn't like the last version". The picture is detailed, with notable added depth and clarity thanks to the HDR (high-dynamic range) technology Apple has also put into 4K. Given that rival devices are cheaper, what you're buying isn't the device, but an experience - integration and syncing with all your other Apple gadgets.

In his review, Carnoy noted that while the Apple TV 4K has some nice features, many televisions featuring 4K resolution "have perfectly good on-board apps", like the Apple TV 4K.

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