"Yes, the $179 Apple TV 4K finally delivers gorgeous high fidelity video, but as usual, you're paying a premium for convenience and ease-of-use", Eadicicco wrote for TIME, Fortune's sister publication.
But, because it's Apple, this 4K version has its own particular flair.
Compatible devices can play higher-quality videos, such as 4K, HDR, or Dolby Vision versions, from the iTunes Store and some third-party apps. Though previous incarnations of the Apple TV left much to be desired, the forthcoming Apple TV 4K seeks to address at least a few of the complaints users had. Both are even ahead of Apple TV in being able to stream Amazon video now; it's coming soon to Apple TV.
It might seem odd to review the new Apple TV streaming device - one specifically created to display super-sharp video known as 4K - without actually owning a 4K TV. Caveat is, of course, that you need a 4K television-something many households don't now have. While the radically different iPhone X comes out in early November, its $1,319 entry-level price tag will likely steer a fair chunk of the Apple faithful to the more obtainable but still powerful iPhone 8 models.More news: Friend among four held for kidnapping, killing IT officer's son in Bengaluru
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Rentals can be viewed on an Apple TV, iOS, Mac, or PC. "Given that that was one of the major complaints about the last remote, it's a good thing Apple came up with some sort of fix".
The new Apple TV gets a faster processor, which should make high-end games better to play. 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. However, those who purchase the new set-top box will be limited in how they can enjoy 4K titles.
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.