Apple TV 4K (2022) review

Apple TV 4K (2022) review

Apple TV has been around since before smart TVs were in every home, and while there’s now a plethora of features packed into this little magic box on most TVs, there’s something really special about everything it has to offer. offer in its new form.

It’s very rare for Apple products to drop in price (especially in this economy), but that’s exactly what happened with the Apple TV 4K (2022) model. The 64GB (Wi-Fi) model now doubles the storage of last year’s model to $219 (vs. $249 for 32GB last year), while the new 128GB (Wi-Fi + Ethernet) model it’ll set you back $249 ($279 for 64GB last year). year).

CHEAPEST PRICE: $219 (WI-FI 64GB) / $249 (WIFI AND ETHERNET/128GB)

I can’t think of a time when the value of Apple TV has been better at launch, especially if you’re involved in the Apple ecosystem. I’m relatively sure this will be the box Apple will stick with for at least a few years, as it feels complete and in line with the rest of the current product line.

Apple TV 4K 2022 review

Not only has the price of the new Apple TV dropped, but it also now comes in a new 20% smaller fanless design that results in 30% less power consumption. It also incorporates the new A15 Bionic chip, which is what powers the new iPhone 14 and last year’s iPhone 13 lineup, which is great for gaming (more on that later).

Last year’s Apple TV model brought with it a new Siri Remote that was much better than the one from a few iterations ago. Not only does it feel much more solid in the hand, but it now allows you to use touch buttons or slide your thumb across the trackpad to navigate content. It also features a Siri button on the side for easy access. This year, it now also features USB-C charging instead of lighting, which is great news as we’re a little closer to Apple’s entire product lineup being USB-C.

Apple TV 4K 2022 review

This was the first time I had set up a new Apple TV out of the box in at least 2-3 years, and I was more than pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get started. I simply had to hold my iPhone close to the Apple TV and there wasn’t much else before my iCloud account was connected and everything was ready to go. I wish it had achieved login experiences for streaming apps (outside of Apple TV+), but I guess there would be some privacy issue whereby this isn’t the case, and thankfully it allows you to enter a code more easily. from your phone app for easy integration.

Apple TV 4K 2022 review

I was quickly able to use the color balance feature which basically uses the light sensor in your iPhone to adjust the color of your image to provide a more accurate image. I was pleasantly surprised by the before and after results as someone who loves a great image but doesn’t have much of an idea of ​​accurate colors and how to achieve them, so taking the guesswork out of this magic Apple way is perfect.

Apple TV 4K 2022 review

What becomes abundantly clear immediately after the launch on the home screen of the new Apple TV 4K (2022) with tvOS 16.1 is how much the entire Apple experience is unified across the entire ecosystem. Whether you want to view your photos, exercise, listen to music, the experience is largely the same on iPad, iPhone, Mac and now Apple TV, without feeling like anything is missing or very different than how you do it. . it works on those other platforms.

This is also evident with the implementation of Siri in tvOS 16.1, which is not only more useful than ever, but also displays information like the weather or takes you directly to certain programs in a much easier-to-digest pop-up window, and is also feel more in line with the enhanced Siri experience we’ve come to know from other Apple devices.

I’m a great, great smart homebody. All the lights in our house are intelligently controlled, as are other everyday items like the air conditioner and the front door, and we also have several smart home enabled cameras, which I was pleasantly surprised to see are easily accessible on Apple TV, with picture-in-picture mode or notifications can also be accessed. Being able to quickly use the Siri button on the remote, instead of opening my phone, was also very helpful. The new Matter smart home standard is also compatible with the new Apple TV 4K (2022), though I haven’t converted my system yet, but adding another Home hub to the mix is ​​never a bad thing.

Apple TV 4K 2022 review

While last year’s Apple TV 4K did support Dolby Vision, as a Samsung QLED owner that didn’t help me much, but now they’ve added HDR10+ with the new model, which is very helpful for those of us whose TV makers are Does not use Dolby Vision standards.

I talked about how I feel like Apple Arcade gets overlooked when it comes to talking about gaming in my recent iPhone 14 Plus Reviewbut it would be very hard for anyone to overlook Apple’s efforts in the gaming space on the Apple TV 4K (2022) model.

Apple TV 4K 2022 review

First of all, you can now sync up to four PS4/PS5 controllers, Xbox Series X controllers, your Nintendo Switch Pro/Joy-Con controllers, as well as classic Nintendo 64/SNES/NES Nintendo Switch controllers. Not only can you pair any one of these controllers, but you can use any combination of them to play the wide variety of games offered in both Apple Arcade and the App Store.

Apple TV 4K 2022 review
Play NBA2K23 with a DualSense Controller

Now, even with the A15 Bionic chip providing really solid performance, you’re still not getting a full AAA console experience, but if you’re someone who wants to experience a lot of great indie games or better known franchises like the NBA 2K franchise or the various familiar names like Sonic or Pac-Man in the Apple Arcade-exclusive adventures, there’s more than enough here, and everything on offer works very, very well.

Apple TV 4K 2022 review
Play Warped Kart Racers with a Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

The beauty of Apple Arcade is that there are no in-app purchases, so you can trust your kids in front of the TV, without them running into any paywalls or making accidental purchases. There are a ton of great games in there, and even if you’re a seasoned console or PC gamer, I can guarantee there are still more than a handful of titles out there that will amuse you, with more being added weekly.

Apple TV 4K 2022 review
PlayStation and Nintendo controllers work together seamlessly

Something that Apple is doing better than any of the big three is also cloud saving. Being able to literally put down a controller (or the remote) with my Apple TV and go back to a game on my iPhone or iPad and have the progress there is even better than what I found on Xbox.

I think it’s a fair criticism to say that the Apple TV wasn’t performing to its full potential in some of the previous iterations, but it now seems to be firing on all cylinders and fitting right into Apple’s product set. If you’re in the ecosystem and want a much better way to explore the digital age of television, it’s really hard to get past Apple TV, especially at this new lower price point.

Apple TV 4K 2022 review

conclusion

The Apple TV 4K (2022) is the complete package and the perfect control center for the home. It brings together all the services and offers of Apple and offers great not only entertainment, but also a very functional smart home hub. The new lower price point makes it a no-brainer for those already in the Apple ecosystem.

positives

Even better value

Faster chip means better performance

More compact design

Better controller support in tvOS 16

negatives

I would love to connect Foxtel/Australian FTA

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