What you need to know
- The new Apple TV 4K support HDMI 2.1.
- However, the streaming box is only being advertised for a 60Hz refresh rate.
While the best part of the new Apple TV 4K might have been the redesigned Siri Remote, there are also some other notable features of the new streaming box that didn't get covered in the event.
As spotted by MacRumors, the new Apple TV 4K is the first Apple TV to support HDMI 2.1, the new standard that supports refresh rates up to 120Hz. Apple is currently, however, advertising that the new box can only stream at a 60Hz refresh rate.
9to5Mac speculates that support for 120Hz may be reserved for WWDC as a way to introduce 120Hz Apple Arcade titles with tvOS 15.
Of course, those who want to take advantage of a 120Hz refresh rate, if it does come to the new Apple TV 4K, would also need a television with HDMI 2.1. That is not the case for most of us, as HDMI 2.1 televisions just started to hit shelves this year.
In addition to HDMI 2.1, the new Apple TV 4K also supports WiFi 6, the latest WiFi standard, and Thread, which is becoming handy for smart homes.
The new Apple TV 4K will start at $179 with preorders beginning on April 30th. It will be available in the second half of May.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.