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The Apple TV 4K, stylized as  tv 4K, is a digital media player and microconsole unveiled by Apple at an Apple Special Event on September 12, 2017. The first-generation model released on September 22, 2017, introduced support for 2160p output, HDR10, Dolby Vision and includes an Apple A10X Fusion processor supporting HEVC hardware decoding.[1]

An updated second-generation model was introduced on April 20, 2021 with an Apple A12 Bionic processor and support for high frame rate HDR, HDMI 2.1, and Wi-Fi 6.[2]


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1st generation (2017)

Apple announced the Apple TV 4K at an Apple Special Event with the tagline "Let's meet at our place." on September 12, 2017.[1]

2nd generation (2021)

An updated Apple TV 4K and Siri Remote were announced at an Apple Special Event with the tagline "Spring loaded." on April 20, 2021.[2] The product was available for pre-order from April 30, and was fully released on May 21.[3]


Alongside the second-generation Apple TV 4K, Apple introduced ability to pair with the ambient light sensor on iPhones with Face ID to optimize its color output, a feature that was also extended to older Apple TVs with tvOS 14.5.[4] AirPlay supports high frame rate HDR playback, allowing videos shot on the iPhone 12 Pro in Dolby Vision 4K 60fps to be mirrored in full resolution.[2]

An updated Siri Remote was also announced with a redesign and a new click pad reminiscent of the iPod click wheel.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Apple TV 4K brings home the magic of cinema with 4K and HDR (en) (Press release). Apple Inc. (2017-09-12).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Filipe Espósito (2021-04-20). Apple announces sixth-generation Apple TV with A12 chip and new Remote (en). 9to5Mac.
  3. Karen Haslam (2021-04-29). New Apple TV 4K 2021 release date, price & specs (en). Macworld.
  4. Jason Cipriani (2021-04-28). Have an Apple TV? Use your iPhone to optimize your picture and make movies look better (en). CNET.

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