The Apple TV launches a new model, with a better processor, HDR10 + compatibility and a more affordable price, although with some important shortcomings.

Apple maintains the design of its Apple TV but improves it inside. Now it incorporates the A15 Bionic processor, the same one that the iPhone 13 (and 14 or 14 Plus) have, which increases its power to view the best 4K content on your television. In addition to Dolby Vision support, now also supports HDR10+ to enjoy with maximum quality the series and movies of all streaming platforms, which are increasingly committed to this type of content. In addition, the Siri Remote now includes a USB-C port instead of Lightning. And the good news is that the price of the new Apple TV has been reduced, which is rare these days.

The basic model, 64GB, is priced at €169, much more attractive than the €199 of the previous model, but this reduction is made at the cost of two important shortcomings. On the one hand, it does not include an Ethernet connection, which for some may be a point important enough to rule out its purchase, while for others (including myself) it is not relevant because they opt for wireless connections. The other shortcoming can be important for many, because this input model is not compatible with Thread.

What is Thread? It is a standard that reaches HomeKit and that will also reach Amazon and Google, and that will be essential in the development of home automation in the coming years. The previous Apple TV 4K includes it, as does the HomePod mini, so why remove it from the base model of a 2022 device? It doesn’t make much sense. The good news is that if you want the Ethernet port and Thread support, just you will have to pay €20 more (€189) and you will also have 128GB of storage, instead of the 64GB of the basic model. This new Apple TV can be reserved from today on the Apple website, and will be available in physical stores from November 4.