Apple TV 4K test (2022), the box for all Apple content

Finally with new features on the Apple box, here is the new box dedicated to Apple content but not only. Here is our test of the Apple TV 4K (2022).

As was the case in the spring of 2021, Apple took advantage of the announcement of its new iPad Pro with an Apple Silicon M2 processor as well as the new iPad 10 to announce its new Apple TV 4K. If we find the design of its predecessors, we also find the Siri Remote with this time a USB-C port and no longer Lightning. The change is now ! In any case, we use the new Apple TV 4K and here is our test of the Apple TV 4K (2022).

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Apple TV 4K (3rd generation) 64 GB at the best price
Base price: €169

Pricing and Availability

Last year, when the Apple TV 4K (2021) was announced, the box itself hadn’t changed and it was above all the new Siri Remote (with a Lightning port) that was new . This year, Apple has finally decided to update the box itself. Exit therefore the A12 Bionic processor, which allows the arrival of the same processor as the iPhone 13 or iPhone 14, namely an A15 Bionic.

Needless to say, it’s a monster of power and even today, it’s easily one or two years ahead of the competition. Suddenly, with Apple Arcade, this new processor is a real novelty insofar as the Apple TV 4K (2022) can really act as a game console for Apple. So yes, nothing to do with a Sony PS5 or an Xbox Series X but when you see the quality of games for iOS, there is really something for casual gamers. Just play NBA 2K23 with an Xbox Bluetooth controller to get an idea of ​​the potential.

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Alongside, we obviously find support for 4K on all models, HDR10 +, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. With a 20% more compact design, we obviously find HDMI 2.1, WiFi 6 or even color settings from an iPhone. As we said above, the Siri Remote now has a USB-C port instead of the Lightning port, which is doomed to disappear.

Available in two versions, the first at 169 euros and the second at 189 euros, the difference lies in the storage space (64GB against 128GB) and especially the presence of an Ethernet port on the most expensive version. Suddenly, for 20 euros difference, we do not really understand the interest of the “small” version that we find useless. We strongly advise you to invest in the 189 euro version, which is still cheaper than its predecessors (199 euros and 219 euros). Otherwise, we find in the packaging the Apple TV 4K, the new Siri Remote and a power cable. Exit this year the integrated HDMI cable and a cable to recharge the remote control.

Design and Remote Control

In terms of design, as we said above, the Apple TV 4K 2022 has seen its design revised to now offer a case with a volume reduced by 20% compared to its predecessor. But what shocked us the most was to see that the 169 euro version with 64GB of storage space did not include a Gigabit Ethernet port, which justifies this version even less. We repeat it but it will be necessary to opt for the version at 189 euros which offers not only doubled storage space but also an Ethernet port. We always find it a shame that Apple has not integrated a USB port, if only to be able to recharge the Siri Remote. Of course, you can find a USB port elsewhere in your house, but it would have been practical to recharge the Apple TV 4K remote control on the latter.

For the Siri Remote in the USB-C version, it’s exactly the same with a very classic design, a silver body and black buttons. On the right edge of the remote control is still the button to launch Siri and as a reminder, the steering wheel is tactile, which will allow the user to navigate by pressing in the classic way or by making gestures like on a touch screen. . The Siri Remote obviously includes an infrared port and can partially control the TV to which the Apple TV 4K is connected to turn everything on or off at once.

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Moreover, speaking of touch screen, if you have your iPhone or your iPad on the same WiFi network as the Apple TV 4K, know that these devices can also be used as a remote control, and it is almost automatic since it there will be no need for a dedicated application, it’s automatic and that’s all the magic of Apple. Practical and essential.

And finally, we end with Siri, which offers new experiences this year. As usual, it will be necessary to go through a long press on the Siri button of the Siri Remote, by his iPhone or his iPad to launch the universal search. From our tests, Siri remains a notch below compared to Alexa or Google Assistant, but for the purposes of managing multimedia content, it is more than enough. We are impatient to see the recognition of the voice of each user arrive, the function will arrive by the end of the year.

TVOS and User Experience

Installation is child’s play, especially if you have your iPhone or iPad nearby. Once everything is plugged in, the Apple TV 4K will ask to be paired with its Siri Remote, before finishing the installation with its iCloud account via its iPhone or iPad. In less than 5 minutes, everything is operational and you can enjoy its content. With a long press on the “Home” button of the Siri Remote, you access the shortcut menu and this will allow you to quickly switch the sound to an AirPlay / AirPlay 2 speaker or its Bluetooth devices connected to your iCloud account. Again, it’s childishly simple.

This year, we can store up to 6 different profiles, which can be practical for families. We asked Apple what the profile limits were and we haven’t had an answer yet, but in all honesty, 6 profiles is not bad in itself. Apart from this small novelty, there has been no major revolution in tvOS. We find the color adjustment via his iPhone. As a reminder, the function uses the FaceID technology of the iPhone to automatically calibrate the Apple TV 4K. Practice.

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Apple’s strength remains its ecosystem. If the end user uses an iPhone, Mac, etc., the experience is fully optimized for and from the Apple TV 4K, we will be able to access connected devices, such as the Home application on iPhones. This year, adding a Bluetooth controller to enjoy Apple Arcade games has never made so much sense since the Apple TV 4K 2022 offers an A15 Bionic processor which has nothing to do with the A12 from its predecessor. The A15 Bionic is currently one of the best smartphone processors on the market. And with games, having 128GB of storage space makes even more sense.

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Apple TV 4K (3rd generation) 64 GB at the best price
Base price: €169

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