Apple begins production of Apple TV 5 with ‘dramatically improved’ performance, new functions

“The fifth-generation Apple TV will come into trial production in December and volume production in the first quarter of 2016, with Apple for the first time adopting a heat-dissipation solution for the set-top box to handle the device’s new CPU, according to sources from Taiwan-based supply chain makers,” Aaron Lee and Joseph Tsai report for DigiTimes.

“Apple is planning to adopt a new CPU for the fifth-generation Apple TV to dramatically improve the device’s hardware performance and will add new functions to help it no longer serve only as a set-top box,” Lee and Tsai report.

“Production is outsourced to Quanta Computer,” Lee and Tsai report, “instead of its existing [Apple TV 3 and 4] partner Foxconn Electronics.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: 4K UHDTV (2160p).

Apple should have future-proofed the Apple TV with 4K capability and no amount of apologists will be able to change the fact that, to the general public, Apple looks to be greedily setting up planned obsolescence with the current Apple TV by omitting 4K capability.

After all, if Ultra HD doesn’t matter, why do iPhones shoot in 4K and why have iMacs been upgraded to 4K and even 5K models?

All that said, the Apple TV is a relatively low-priced device and offers much, much more than just simply replaying video. 1080p is perfectly acceptable, will keep bandwidth demands lower for any Apple streaming service that may someday actually appear, and upgrading to 4K Apple TV units next year shouldn’t be all that expensive (especially if you simply sell your current Apple TV unit(s) and apply the proceeds). For the App Store, the Siri Remote and all it can do, and everything else the Apple TV currently offers, we highly recommend the device. It’s awesome, even in its spotty and unfinished state! We’ll just get our 4K content from the Netflix app built right into our Sony 4K TVs instead.

Now, cue the inevitable “4K doesn’t matter” comments from those who don’t yet own 4K Ultra HD TVs. We remember hearing the same exact type of comments when HD TVs first hit the market.MacDailyNews Take, November 12, 2015

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Amazon unveils $100 Fire TV box 4K video support, Alexa voice control – September 17, 2015
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  1. If this rumor is true and Apple releases this, I am DONE with this flicking company’s “TV” and will move to a competitor. I’m already disappointed in the scant offerings of apps in the new Apple TV (which is supposed to be what the new Apple TV was all about, remember?).

  2. I did get an AppleTV 4. It has some nice features, but not nearly what it should be for the 4th version of an Apple product.

    What is most disturbing is the implementation Apple practice of taking away features for no apparent reason. As I feared they actually made the most used feature worse.

    The screensaver actually seems to cache EVEN LESS pictures when using home sharing. People have been complaining about this for years.

    AND they actually removed several of the screensaver modes including the picture wall which is the only mode that allowed pictures to show on the screen for long enought to point to, without making it all boring.

    I mean WHY? What compels these people to keep removing small features that users have put to good use? I think there are kids in Cupertino that go from department to department repeating this line, “Oh, nobody uses that.”

  3. MDN – at nearly all points regarding Apple I tend to agree with you, but this is just a straight bulshitting. And I tell you why your arguments about 4K ain’t got any sense.
    1). Let me quote a well known TV reviewer, David Katzmaier from Cnet. He is a true expert. I’ve studied a lot on the topic of Television throughout the whole Internet for a long time and I can recommend him as a source of thorough information and knowledge about all things TV, you can trust me on this. He said and I quote…:
    “With video on a TV, the difference between 4K/UHD and 1080p/HD resolution is really hard to see. Many of the words in those reviews were written on a laptop in my lab at a theatrically close seating distance, comparing a 65-inch 1080p and a 65-inch 4K TV. Despite all the extra pixels I knew made up the 4K TV’s screen, most of the time I didn’t see any difference at all, especially with HD TV shows and Blu-rays. The differences in detail I did see were limited to the very best 4K demo material. Larger TVs or closer seating distances make that difference more visible, as do computer graphics, animation, and games, but even then it’s not drastic. Don’t expect the kind of improvement afforded by higher computer monitor, tablet, and phone screen resolutions, like Apple’s Retina Display. That analogy is largely irrelevant to TVs because you watch TVs from across the room, not inches from your face.”
    2). Next of – listen to this quote: “If you want the best picture quality in an LCD next year, you may have to buy a 4K TV anyway. The high-end 4K TVs I tested deliver very good picture quality — and for these prices, they’d better. All 4K flat-panel TVs on the market use LCD panels illuminated by LEDs, and employ some of the best picture-enhancing features available to the breed. Local dimming of LED backlights is a prime example, and it usually makes every LCD TV perform better. It’s easy to imagine a near future where local dimming — or another effective picture quality enhancement that has nothing to do with resolution — is only offered on the more expensive TVs in a manufacturer’s lineup. You know, the ones that also happen to have 4K resolution. In fact, that’s exactly what happened with 3D and Smart TV; you typically have to get these features if you want premium picture quality.”
    So, MDN, you can see more details because whether you have one of the best TV’s on the market today (you probably have Sony XBR-X900B or XBR-X950B), which have a lot of features to make the pictures punchier or you get to close to it than the rest of us or you sometimes use your TV as a monitor display device and watching something invaluable from the TV content standing point and user experience (ie. websites). Most of people use their TVs to watch a TV content and Apple TV is certainly made this way. Although nobody forbid to instal web browsers on the new Apple TV, but Apple wan’t be pushing a new Apple TV as a primary Internet browsing device. Its been built for entertainment – you know that better than I do. You should know as well that not everybody will just buy the best TV’s on the market right away and you should not assume this will ever happen. Apple realise what’s the upgrade cycle for most of Apple TV fans and people like you are in minority right now.
    3). I know even better TV than you have – if you have the Sony XBR-X900B or XBR-X950B. It’s LG 65EF9500 – if you watch your content through that TV you will see another difference – especially a deeper black levels, and no blooming around bright objects, so they are able to present some details in the darkest of the dark scenes you’d never see accurately through your Sony TV. But your logic would dictate that your TV is better cause of 4K, right? So if I show you the LG 65EF9500 and I tell you that it’s an 8K TV would you believe me? By your logic you should. It’s not an 8K TV, off course. It’s an OLED screen TV, that’s why it’s flat out better then yours. As yours is better than many 4K TV’s and 1080p TV’s just because it has local dimming on its edge-lit LED backlight in XBR-X900B or full-array local dimming backlights in XBR-X950B and Triluminos colour a.k.a. Quantum Dot [not really – not from QD Vision – from 2014] in both models. There are even better 1080p TV’s than your 4K but that’s another story. So, it’s true that the majority of 4K TV’s show better picture but ironically not because 4K. It’s because other features and enhancements packed in those expensive TV’s. 4K is and will for a long time remain the single biggest marketing bullshit on the Planet regarding TV – until the 50% of typical Joe’s in America start buying an 80″ TV’s or bigger. That marketing bullshit is so big that even you – technology wise people – couldn’t see it. And you know what? Every company tell you it’s big – even Apple. For now they’re staying quiet about it, because they haven’t decided to implement it in the current Apple TV – a great move in my opinion as their Content Delivery Network only started to taking off and it would be a huge mistake to put it all through from the start, you know, clogging the Internet pipes and destroying the streaming experience. But not so far from now they will be marketing it as something big time. And trust me it won’t come as an update to the current Apple TV. Not for $99 of its cost. It will be implemented from Apple TV ‘2’. That’s great too – I mean for Apple – because you’ll sell it for €20 to the cheapskates and that’s how the Apple TV will get into even more hands. That is a part of Apple’s strategy I think – don’t you think? – to stuff the channel from all sides. They wan’t be selling both Apple TV’s, old and new, like they sell their iPhones. Not at this price point. We will be selling old Apple TV’s for them.

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