It is a complete and small box to be connected to our TV, with numerous functions of various kinds. Device that can be used, for example, as a media player, for viewing streaming audio and video content, and as a video game console. It also allows you to transform your home into a gym, thanks to Fitness+, and integrates with all Apple products allowing you to expand their functionality.
So let’s analyze in detail all the features of the new Apple TV 4K 2022.
Design, connections and technical characteristics
Apple TV retains the refined design of last year’s model with a black plastic body. The differences are limited, with the 2022 version slightly smaller (dimensions of 9.3 x 9.3 x 3.1 cm) and without air vents on the bottom.
Let’s move on to the connections on the back where we find an HDMI 2.1, a Gigabit Ethernet port (128 GB version) and the socket for the cable to be connected to the mains (integrated power supply). Finally, let’s remember the small front status LED.
Let’s now take a look at the technical features starting from the powerful A15 Bionic processor (the CPU of iPhone 13 and 14) which replaces the A12 Bionic SoC present on the 2021 model. The A15 Bionic is 50% more powerful than the old processor, with increased by 30%.
Let’s now analyze the memory with two versions available: 64 and 128 GB. Let’s not forget the wireless connectivity using Wi-Fi 6 ax and Bluetooth 5.0. Apple TV 4K is also compatible with the new standards for home automation Matter and Thread (128 GB model).
Let’s continue with the supported video formats: SDR with AVC/HEVC up to 2160p at 60 fps, Dolby Vision up to 2160p at 60 fps, HDR10/HLG with HEVC up to 2160p at 60 fps, H.264 with AAC-LC audio up to 160kbps per channel. The new model also comes with support for the HDR10+ format widely used, for example, on Samsung TVs. We continue with surround sound: Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital 5.1/7.1 and spatial audio on compatible headphones.
The new function called Quick Media Switching will soon arrive on Apple TV, which will allow you to adapt the refresh rate in real time based on the content, without interruptions or black screens.
We conclude with the excellent Siri Remote now equipped with a USB-C port for recharging the integrated battery. Remote control with side button for activating Siri, metal body and touch-sensitive clickpad. Apple TV also controllable via iPhone.
Interface, software and services
On board the Apple TV 4K we find the tvOS operating system in version 16.1, with a clear and intuitive interface. Apple TV 4K is a truly complete and versatile product that can first of all be used to access all the best-known streaming platforms, such as Netflix, Now Tv, DAZN and Spotify, which can be downloaded directly from the integrated App Store.
On the App Store we also find games and many apps of various kinds. We recall, for example, Infuse capable of playing any type of local or networked file (from a NAS to Google Drive).
This device also brings Apple’s excellent subscription services to our TV, which are also accessible on the company’s other devices:
– Apple TV+: continuously growing video streaming platform with exclusive and high-quality films, TV series and documentaries such as “Ted Lasso”, “Foundation” and “Causeway”.
– Apple Fitness+: fitness and wellness service designed for all users, regardless of their level of experience and training. With Apple TV 4K, you can access a large library of 4K content with over 3,000 workouts and activities. Here the latest Fitness+ news.
– Apple Music: audio streaming service that allows access to a catalog of over 100 million songs and music videos of all kinds. Thanks to Apple Music on Apple TV 4K it is possible to view the lyrics synchronized with the music to sing along with our friends / family, share the verses of the favorite songs or simply follow the words of the songs. Among the various functions we also mention lossless audio and surround sound thanks to spatial audio and Dolby Atmos.
– Apple Arcade: this service turns Apple TV into a console with lots of video games for all tastes, without advertising or in-app purchases. Titles of “mobile” origin aimed above all at casual gamers, which can also be played via the Xbox, Playstation and Nintendo joypads. Among the various games we mention: LEGO Star Wars: Castaways, Oceanhorn 2, Football Manager 2023, NBA 2K23 Arcade Edition and Gear.Club Stradale.
Integration with the world of Apple, Siri and Homekit
Apple TV integrates perfectly with the Apple ecosystem, bringing many useful functions to our TV. First of all, thanks to Apple TV, it is possible to view photos and videos, present in iCloud, on our TV. Plus, with iCloud Shared Photo Library on Apple TV, family members can enjoy everyone’s snaps together on the big screen. Additionally on Apple TV, you can also view photos and images on a Mac through the Computer app.
Thanks to the AirPlay wireless connection it is also possible to transform the TV into a large screen for the Mac. We also mention the automatic color balancing of the TV which allows you to set the optimal parameters of the TV using the front sensor of the iPhone’s FaceID.
Let’s move on to audio with interesting functions that allow for an excellent sound experience with films and TV series. It is in fact possible to use one or two HomePods as an Apple TV audio output and use the spatial audio of compatible Apple headphones.
Let’s continue with Siri on Apple TV. If you use the Siri Remote to ask “What can I watch?”, the user will get personalized recommendations. Siri also allows you to search for content that is playing, for example, it can suggest who is the actor of a series on Apple TV+ starting from the scene you are watching. We also mention the integration between Siri, AirPods and Apple TV with the possibility, through voice commands, to pause a movie, turn off the lights and much more.
Finally, as a home hub, Apple TV 4K supports smart devices like cameras, lights, and other HomeKit-enabled accessories. For example, with Apple TV, you can view footage from multiple cameras simultaneously on your TV screen.
User experience and prices
Our assessment of the Apple TV 4K is decidedly positive. From Apple comes the best set-top box currently on the market. Apple TV 4K 2022 is a truly versatile device suitable for various uses. For example, it can make classic TVs equipped with an HDMI port smart. It can also update obsolete Smart TVs with a complete operating system that allows access to the most popular streaming platforms, such as Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and YouTube, and many other applications of all kinds.
It also brings interesting Apple services to our TV and integrates perfectly with the various products of the Cupertino company.
A device that also boasts excellent performance and support for the latest audio and video technologies. Positive judgment also on the various streaming apps, with high quality, stable connections and excellent content upscaling.
We continue with a clear, fast, easy to use, customizable and ad-free interface. Finally, we recall the possibility of creating profiles for the whole family and of setting a useful Parental Control to limit children’s access to certain apps and contents.
We conclude with prices starting from 169 euros for the model Apple TV 64GB. The trial version with 128 GB can be purchased for 189 euros.