Apple TV 4K (2021) review: Come for the power, stay for the remote

Apple TV 4K (2021): Specs

Price: $179/$199 for 32GB/64GB
Video: Up to 4K
HDR: Yes, HDR10 and HDR10+ supported
Connectivity: WiFi 6, Thread, Ethernet
Remote: New Siri voice remote
Ecosystem compatibility: Apple
Processor: A12 Bionic

After almost four years, Apple has finally released the new Apple TV 4K (2021). And while it’s not that different from the first gen — that’s not necessarily a bad thing: the original was already a great streaming box. As this Apple TV 4K (2021) review shows, the new version is great and performs like a dream — yet still may not be worth the upgrade if you already have the previous model.

On the outside, the Apple TV 4K (2021) looks identical to its predecessor. The upgrades are all on the inside, notably replacing the A10X chip with an A12 Bionic. Performance seems a few hairs better, plus the Apple TV 4K 2nd-gen supports 4K at 60fps with HDR versus 30fps. Not a ton of apps even offer that level of content right now, mostly sports and other fast-paced action, but it will become more prevalent. 

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