Apple TV 4K 2022: USELESS, IT HAS NO RIVALS! The Apple TV 4K 2022 is renewed with some hardware changes that improve the experience of using tvOS and viewing streaming content.
What’s new in Apple TV 4K 2022
Just a year after the release of the previous generation model, Apple renews its Apple TV 4K by introducing the 2022 model which brings with it some new features. The design does not change, both of the box and of the remote control. The style therefore remains the iconic one of the fourth generation Apple TV which marked an important renewal compared to the past. The Siri Remote gets, as the only novelty, a USB-C port for charging to replace the “old” Lightning.
The other aesthetic and functional change lies in the elimination of the internal cooling fan, present up to the previous model. This time the Cupertino company has opted for a passive thermal design which is helped in managing temperatures by the new Apple A15 Bionic chip, an old acquaintance of the iPhone world that found space on the entire iPhone 13 line and which is also re-proposed on the iPhone 14 and on iPhone 14 Plus.
The approach to connectivity also changes, with the basic model giving up the Gigabit Ethernet port (present only in the 128 GB version, the most expensive) and relying only on WiFi 6 and HDMI 2.1 for video stream transmission. The Apple TV 4K is also able to support Thread, the low-power mesh network protocol designed for home automation management, pending the official introduction of the Matter protocol which will make Apple TV a more interoperable home automation hub.
The latest addition that we find on the Apple TV 4K 2022 is represented by the introduction of HDR10 + which adds to the support for Dolby Vision, which will still have priority over HDR10 + in the case of compatible content.
Two models, but how are they?
The Apple TV 4K 2022 remains available in two versions: the base model has 64 GB storage and a price that drops by €20 compared to the 128 GB top-of-the-range model. The price reduction must also be kept in mind in view of the “waivers” to be accepted, first of all the reduction of the memory, but secondly also due to the absence of the Ethernet port.
There are no other differences between the basic and top models: the hardware is shared as is the software experience, entrusted by the factory to the latest version of tvOS which does not differ particularly from the previous one in terms of functionality. The advent of the A15 Bionic chip is certainly pleasing, which gives instant response in all usage scenarios. The multitasking response is also particularly improved, now avoiding those slight slowdowns when scrolling and closing open applications.
Compared to the previous chip used (the A12 Bionic) the generational step forward is tangible, although the bottleneck is always represented by the gaming sector: here Apple could do much more, developing new partnerships with publishers and accessory manufacturers, in order to raise the overall quality of the titles on Apple TV. To date, however, we essentially find transpositions of games for the iPhone and even by subscribing to Apple Arcade the situation will not change. From my point of view, something more specific for the big screen would be needed to bring gamers (even causal) closer to Apple.
But if you have an iPhone or even other Apple products, the choice is practically obligatory. You can easily configure everything via iPhone and iCloud in a few minutes and at that point you can enjoy the connection between the various Apple operating systems. Almost everything will run in the cloud, giving you instant access to your photos, your Apple Music library, your pending series on Apple TV+, your Fitness+ training sessions and all other content directly on the big screen. Not to mention the SharePlay feature that allows you to share what we are watching in real time with our friends or the multi-user login that allows you to customize the experience in the living room depending on who turns on the Apple TV.