It had been some time. More than three years ago Apple last updated the Apple TV media player. It really needed some new clothes and a fresh look. On cue, the Apple TV 4K arrives in 2021, meeting more than its fair share of demands that dodge their way in the interim. It’s more powerful than ever, plugging neatly into big stakes like Apple TV+ and Arcade, while maintaining the familiarity of simplicity that Apple does much better than Google’s offering Android TV .and Google TV. It is priced wherein, as the predecessor, with prices starting at Rs 18,900. Mind you, though, the Apple TV 4K isn’t just a box for streaming Netflix and Amazon Video. It’s close to being a serious console even for gaming. direct competition? Amazon Fire TV Cube , but without the gaming on its side.
Everything That Has Changed: Two big changes are under the hood. The A12 Bionic is the chip that is now the beating heart of the Apple TV 4K, replacing the aging A12. Although not the latest chip in Apple’s arsenal, it will be familiar to you with current versions of the Apple iPad, the smaller iPad, and indeed the Apple iPhone .The XS line-up isn’t around that long. This should give the Apple TV 4K more than enough power, even for arcade games. Does the Apple TV 4K really need more power than this? There’s always an argument to be made about it, but to be fair, what the Apple TV 4K is set out to do, it’s fast and consistent. Anything else, I suspect, may be an overkill. Other insiders who see an upgrade is support for the Wi-Fi 6 standard, which is great news if you have a new Wi-Fi 6 ready router or mesh system at home or intend to buy one soon. Even if you’re not on Wi-Fi 6, wireless performance definitely improves. Side-by-side, the Apple TV 4K registers download speeds of around 450 Mbps on the Speedtest app results, while the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 SE sitting next to it clocks a maximum of 310 Mbps—connected to the same router, Tests at the same distance and on the same server. one after the other.
But what hasn’t changed:As it sits under your TV, it’s impossible to separate this Apple TV 4K from its predecessor. The dimensions remain the same, it still doesn’t like to attract any attention and the black colored body remains the same. It also means that the shiny black sides are still very much around, catching dust and fingerprints. The Amazon Fire TV Cube had exactly this material and finish format, which makes me wonder why it’s becoming a trend. There’s also an Ethernet port in case you don’t trust Wi-Fi enough and still want to go the wired route. But I have to say that even though the design is the same as before, I’m glad Apple hasn’t gone the way many others have ‘stick’ form factors that plug directly into your TV’s HDMI port. That design restricts performance and upgrades after a point. Maybe it was just a matter of building on something that already works.
tvOS is Perfect or Very Easy, depending on which side you are on:tvOS 14, which runs the Apple TV 4K, is constantly evolving rather than following the path of a revolution. It’s polished, sophisticated and the experience is as familiar to Apple TV users as it may have been even a few years ago. In fact, I remember having a different familiarity with the Apple TV (3rd generation) that I used until 2013. The app icon size, grid layout, and right-aligned placement of the Settings app, for example, all remain the same. Very familiar Biggest positive – There is absolutely no advertising on the home screen, something that is happening with increasing frequency on Amazon Fire TV devices and in fact the new Google TV platform as well. Still, I want to see a little more vibrancy on the home screen for Apple TV 4K, Something that puts content front and center, more than apps. Is it just me or do some streaming apps like Netflix still feel a generation behind compared to their versions on the Amazon Fire TV platform and Google’s Android TV? For example, Netflix on Apple TV 4K doesn’t have a new in-player interface and menu for language changes.
It seems that my algorithm and calibration of Apple TV 4K are the same! I was really curious to test the color balanceWith the iPhone feature on the new Apple TV 4K. A quick dash into Settings and holding the iPhone less than an inch from the TV for a few seconds, and it turns out that the balanced result is indistinguishable from the predefined picture settings I’ve already had on the TV. Just to be sure, tested this on another TV where I didn’t already do any picture setting tweaks, and the Color Balance feature really showed up in all its glory, adding vibrancy and detail to what you see. add up. The difference was quite obvious, for the better. Keep in mind, this feature doesn’t change your TV picture settings – it only changes your own picture output. And I can proudly boast that my built-in algorithms are spot on, too.
4K and HDR quality, almost fine:Video streaming quality tops the Apple TV 4K in a world of more crowded devices than ever before that let you Netflix and chill. It’s definitely a notch better than the Amazon Fire TV Cube, though the latter comes across as brighter and more vibrant on the same TV, with the same HDMI input and the exact same picture settings dialed in. Still, Apple TV 4K hides artifacts and noise better, especially on HD content and all the time wasters that can be found scattered around YouTube. Without compromising on sharpness and crunchiness. Fast-moving scenes are also a bit smoother than the competition. It really shows its strength with 4K HDR content, Which makes it an absolute pleasure to watch Black Summer on Netflix and Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon Video. You won’t find any complications in the Settings app, and there’s really nothing you can mess with on the visual front. There’s one thing I couldn’t help noticing at times, though, in apps, and that’s the momentary blank screen as the Apple TV 4K shifts from 4K HDR content to something that isn’t HDR, like coming back to the app interface. This kind of stuttering isn’t entirely expected with an experience that’s otherwise pretty slick. The Apple TV 4K also isn’t making full use of the HDMI 2.1 port, as it’s limited to a 60fps frame rate, and still hasn’t adopted the 120fps standard yet. It’s not clear whether the software may be enabled at some point. you should be fine with movies and tv shows, But with an increase in arcade game frame rates everything could have been done to make it even better. Or of course, may in the future.