Apple unveils new Apple TV with HDR and 4K support

Apple will bring Ultra HD Dolby Vision blockbusters like Deadpool into Australian lounge rooms at HD prices

It's all possible thanks to a massive upgrade in processing power in the form of a new A10X Fusion Chip - the same chip in the current iPad Pro paired with 3GB of RAM.

Your previous purchases are also due for an automatic upgrade to the new gold standard in video and audio quality, while Netflix and Amazon Prime TV have similar enhancements in the pipeline... sometime soon. Apple will start taking orders September 15 and have the device available on September 22.

According to a Tweet by Steven Troughton-Smith, an app developer who dove deep into the codebase of Apple's iOS 11, there will be a minimum requirement for 4K on the Apple TV.

Many 4K movies sold at shops like the Google Play store cost $30, which is quite a jump up from the $10 price you can find for Blu-Ray movies at Walmart.

The merging of on-demand and live TV through over-the-top boxes like Apple TV appear to be the future, and updated hardware is another chance for Apple to push forward. But neither 4K nor HDR are new tricks, and in fact this basically means Apple is catching up with a mature field where streaming customers have a lot of existing options. The support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision is a welcome addition - as this opens up the device to a wider array of movies.

Apple executive Eddy Cue said on Tuesday that all major movie studios have signed up to deliver 4K movies through the box. Live streaming of the event uses Apple's HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technology.

With the introduction of the Apple TV 4K the Siri Remote gets a subtle redesign with a new white circle around the menu

The Apple TV app for iPhones and iPads will be available outside of the United States for the first time.

After two years, the Apple TV has finally been brought up to date with support for 4K HDR. This is because users would have been probably wondering that Apple might add a hefty price tag to the 4K content. Preorders open on September 15 and will be available a week later on September 22.

Importantly, the company has also redesigned the new Apple TV's user interface to support 4K resolution.

It has a new processor that is 70 percent faster than last year's chip, Apple executive Jeff Williams said at the product's introduction.

If you're looking for information about the fourth-gen Apple TV, unveiled by Apple in 2015, we've got plenty of details, including pricing and the best places to buy in our Apple TV buying guide.

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