Apple TV 4K 2022 reviews: Faster, more affordable with HDR10+ support and USB-C remote control, but largely unchanged

The new Apple TV 4K will start reaching customers and launch in stores on Friday, November 4. Before the time, the first reviews of the latest Apple TV were now shared by a select group of publications and YouTube channels.

Key new features of the 3rd generation ‌Apple TV‌ 4K include the A15 Bionic chip, 4GB of memory, HDR10+ support, a USB-C charging port on the Siri Remote, and a thinner, lighter, fanless design. The ‌Apple TV‌ 4K is now available with 64GB of storage for a starting price of $129, which is lower than the $149 128GB model that also has an Ethernet port and Thread support. We’ve collected both written reviews and videos of the new ‌Apple TV‌ 4K below.

Written reviews

The ‌Apple TV‌ 4K performance improvements were somewhat noticeable to reviewers, particularly when switching apps, but they note there’s little to be gained in practice other than gaming. Take CrunchDaryl Etherington:

If you have a 2021 Apple TV 4K, which I do, you probably shouldn’t be upset about performance. In fact, I still have my first generation Apple TV 4K in active use, and even though it’s now six years old, I’d be very hard-pressed to see the difference between it and my 2021 Apple TV in a blind test.

However, the 2022 Apple TV 4K seems to make things a lot smoother overall when it comes to navigating between the home screen and apps, and even within apps as well. It also certainly provides a boost when it comes to using the Apple TV as a gaming device, helping it keep up with the more graphically demanding Arcade and App Store titles. With expanded console support via the latest tvOS update, Apple TV is a better gaming console than ever with the A15’s performance.

on the other side, cnetEli Blumenthal’s Eli Blumenthal found gaming on the Apple TV‌ 4K disappointing and noted that the A15 Bionic chip still doesn’t help Apple TV‌ competing game consoles:

NBA 2K23 loaded quickly, and finally the game has a hold that brings some console-like quality that previous versions lacked, but that’s where the similarities end. In my few games, the title looks and feels a bit slower than the console version. Even with an Xbox controller paired with an Apple TV 4K, there’s no live scrolling and the animations lack the fluidity of the game and its console on the Xbox One, let alone the Xbox Series S/X.

Facial models are good, but they lack detail in tattoos of players like D’Angelo Russell and Marcus Smart. Standard basketball game elements such as instant replays and quick or batch substitutions remain absent as in 2K23 game modes such as The City.

Likewise, Gameloft’s Asphalt 8 Plus loaded quickly and played well using the Apple TV’s included Siri Remote. But there’s no ray tracing or other recent graphic improvements that would make anyone confuse this title for a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series S/X game.

Finally, there doesn’t seem to be anything more that the A15 Bionic brings to gaming on Apple TV 4K…

the edgeChris Welch said that while the USB-C charging port for the new ‌Siri‌ remote is a welcome change, there’s still a lot the remote can do:

Other than ditching Lightning for USB-C, the included Siri remote is identical to the previous generation. That’s largely a positive: it’s convenient and easy to use, and once you get off the tappad rotation gesture to quickly navigate a movie or show, you’ll hardly ever bother with the old, less efficient way of fast-forwarding and rewinding. I very much wish Apple had included a U1 chip in the new remote that would have made it easier to search accurately with a nearby iPhone. Failing that, even the built-in speaker would be nice with the “Siri, find remote” command. It’s not as easy to lose this remote as the previous slim version, but it still happens to the best of us. You can add a backlight and a loud pulse on the play/pause button (making it easy to find by feeling) to my wishlist for the next iteration of the Siri Remote.

Video Reviews and Unboxings

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