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Following up on last month's claim that Apple is planning to show off a revamped Apple TV set-top box with App Store and Siri support at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in June, BuzzFeed now reports that the new box will not include support for 4K video streaming even though several services like Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube offer content in the high-resolution format.
"4K is great, but it's still in its infancy," said one source familiar with Apple's thinking.

Enabling 4K video support in Apple's first major overhaul of Apple TV in three years might seem like a smart bit of future-proofing -- particularly given reports that the A8 chip in the guts of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is 4K-capable. But it's arguably an unnecessary one at this point.
The report points out that 4K streaming is expensive for content providers given the bandwidth required, and the vast majority of Americans do not even have Internet connectivity at fast enough speeds to support such streaming. Still, those who do currently stream 4K content or hope to in the relatively near future are likely to be disappointed by Apple's decision to forgo support in the next Apple TV.

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Beyond existing Apple TV services and new third-party apps, the revamped Apple TV is also expected to support a package of streaming television channels if Apple can manage to reach agreements with the necessary content providers. Apple is reportedly in talks with ABC, Fox, and Disney, as well as Discovery and Viacom, to try to put together a "skinny" TV package of select channels that would reportedly cost consumers somewhere in the range of $25 to $40 per month. Apple is said to be aiming to announce the service at WWDC in June and launch it in the September timeframe.

Article Link: No 4K Video Streaming Support for Upcoming Apple TV Set-Top Box
 

DavidTheExpert

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There is no reason to have 4K support on the current generation Apple TV as most content is not yet available in 4K. By the time mainstream 4K content becomes available, Apple will be prepared.
 

cmChimera

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I realize content is low, but still somewhat disappointing. Maybe next year.
 

Ballis

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As long as it has an AppStore, Im getting it. 4K can wait. I cant even tell the difference from 1080p videos anyways.
 

chirpie

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Forget 4K for 4K TVs, 4K would look better on a 1080p set just because of the chroma resolution upgrade.

It's always odd how Apple is so purposeful in dragging their feet for some technologies, but goes balls to wall for adopting certain features/interfaces for the latest and greatest.
 

MyRumors

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Apple usually jump at the newest so it would be a little strange if they dont.
I guess if its not supported its not because of Apple´s wishes but a compromise.
 

Sonmi451

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There is no reason to have 4K support on the current generation Apple TV as most content is not yet available in 4K. By the time mainstream 4K content becomes available, Apple will be prepared.

There is some content but Apple is going to be late to the 4k party it seems.

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To get the best out of 4K streaming, you need a 4K tv....which I am not willing to pay $6000+ for a freaking tv

Do some research instead of throwing out wrong numbers.
 

Boatboy24

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Run it through a receiver that upconverts and on to a 4k TV and most people won't notice the difference anyway. And if you don't have either of those, you don't care. This update is probably more about software and content than current TV tech.
 
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rekhyt

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Forget 4K for 4K TVs, 4K would look better on a 1080p set just because of the chroma resolution upgrade.

It's always odd how Apple is so purposeful in dragging their feet for some technologies, but goes balls to wall for adopting certain features/interfaces for the latest and greatest.

Thing is, is that Apple can't compel people to buy 4K TVs, and upgrade their Internet for reliable 4K streaming.

The removal of a CD drive, floppy drive, Flash support on iOS, on the other hand... they can.

So no. It's not odd.
 

DaveN

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Software limit. Not hardware limit.

It sounds like the limit is not a hardware limit so 4k can be added in the future. While it would be nice, having no 4k TVs here it isn't a deal breaker for me. Give me an App Store and I'm happy.
 

sepahewe

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How about us non-Americans who do have more than necessary bandwidth? I live 2 miles outside of a town of 24000 people, and my choice is 100M or 1G :)

I'm disappointed in Apple, they used to be forerunners....
 

gmanist1000

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Hmm, I remember Apple releasing a 720p only Apple TV because they claimed bandwidth was a problem. Then a few years later they released the 1080p model.

I assume it will be similar with this model.
 

pmau

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The new H.265 codec is just not established enough to justify the hardware spec update. The box would need far more CPU power and RAM to hold and decode reference frames.

Also, consider that if Apple would release a 4k capable ATV, people would assume that iTunes content would be available for it.

I'm assuming that it's just not feasible for Apple to make that investment now.
Nobody else has.
 

mic j

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I think you should go read this thread: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/1833021/ and gain an understanding that if the new aTV does not support 4K the world is coming to an end and no one will buy it. Which of course means "Apple is doomed". ;)

Oh...and by the the way, I hope you see my post stating that the new aTV would not have 4K capability. Just saying...
 

JoEw

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Not sure why Apple wouldn't want to be cutting edge in this area, the first service to bring 4k mainstream from all the content providers could very well win the future of TV. Apple already has a $69 1080p box which is plenty powerful for video streaming..
 

lewisd25

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4K isn't going to take off in the consumer marketplace, and Apple knows it. There is no financial incentive for broadcasters to produce and broadcast 4K content at this point.
 

james2538

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Well the reason is pretty obvious. Why release a 4K capable Apple TV now when you can release the new 4K model in the future!

There isn't currently enough content to make it necessary right now. Think back, the original iPhone wasn't capable of 3G even though it was pretty widely implemented in 2007.
 

Ciclismo

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So there's no point in waiting for the next Apple TV - great, that means I can pull the trigger on an Apple TV next week whilst they are still cheap.
 
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