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The "Apple TV 4K" box supports 4K and HDR

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We'll all applaud. It will feel good.

The device might get a little smaller, and a little faster, but the touch remote was only just introduced in the last iteration, so we wouldn't expect any big changes in terms of hardware next time around - apart from that all-important 4K update. If you already own 1080p movies, Apple will automatically update to 4K at no charge.

I'm not advocating that Apple outright steals a good idea. If you're looking for a TV, take a look for our roundup of the best TV deals in the United Kingdom right now. The 64GB $199 4th-gen Apple TV might go down to $149, or, $129 if they really want to move the antiquated devices. Because, let's face it, for the vast majority of people, buying videos from iTunes for $14.99 a pop for an SD version is getting a little old. However, we might even see the all-new Apple A11 chip used instead, which would take things to another level.

Apple's keynote is just around the corner.

Stay tuned for more in the smart home space from the Apple TV too. Apple developer Steve Troughton-Smith, who discovered code within the iOS 11 leak, thinks the new Apple TV 4K will pack a three-core Apple A10X Fusion processor and 3GB of RAM.

But why is this such a crucial step for Apple?

The headline feature is 4K HDR support.

As for the storage issues, Apple recently upgraded the file size cap of apps on the App Store from 2GB to 5GB. There's also plenty of 4K/60FPS content on YouTube to help you get a taste of the format.

After two years with no upgrades, Apple TV is finally receiving a refresh with the new Apple TV 4K, announced this morning at Apple's "Meet at our Place" event.

Time waits for no streaming box, however, and Amazon and Google have since launched 4K-supporting streaming solutions. It's now pretty much standard above a certain size, which means the fourth-gen Apple TV is rapidly starting to show its age.

Dubbed Apple TV 4K, the new version of the gadget will support the far richer 4K HDR video standard that is slowly gaining traction among TV manufacturers and content creators.



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