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Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation) Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Article ID = 277
Article Title = Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation) Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 21st April 2021
Article Last Updated = 8th June 2021
Article URL = https://www.macstrategy.com/article.php?277

Article Brief Description:
Frequently Asked Questions about the Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation)
Q. When was the Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation) launched?
A. The Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation) was announced on the 20th April 2021 with pre-orders starting on 30th April 2021 and it will start shipping in late May 2021.
Q. What's different about the Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation) model versus the older models?
A. Quite a lot:
  • New Siri Remote design
  • Faster processor (A12 Bionic)
  • HDR 120Hz video (support for 120Hz output to supported TVs not confirmed yet)
  • Thread (low-power mesh networking technology)
  • eARC (suggested in the latest tvOS 14.5 beta)
  • 802.11ax Wi‑Fi 6 with MIMO; simultaneous dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz)
  • HDMI v2.1
Q. What models are available?
A. There are two models - one with 32GB of storage and the other with 64GB.
Q. Is the Apple TV (1st Generation) still available?
A. No - it has been discontinued.
Q. Is the Apple TV HD still available?
A. Yes - but only with 32GB. It can be purchased online from Apple.
Q. What happens if I lose/break the remote control?
Q. Can you buy extra remotes e.g. for multi-player gaming?
A. Yes. They are available direct from Apple (£55 in the UK).
Q. Is the new Siri Remote backwards compatible with older Apple TV models?
A. Yes. It is compatible with:
Q. Does the Siri remote control require a battery/charging?
A. The Siri remote has a built in battery that requires charging but it should last several months without needing to be charged. When it does need to be charged it has a lightning connector so it can easily be charged using a standard Apple USB to lightning cable and charger.
Q. Does the Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation) still support AirPlay?
A. Yes.
Q. Do I need a 4K compatible TV to watch 4K content?
A. Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation) will scale down 4K content if you don't have a 4K TV but to get the proper higher quality benefit of 4K content you must have a 4K compatible TV.
Q. Can I buy 4K content on iTunes?
A. Yes - Apple stated that the cost is the same as normal HD content.
Q. I've previously bought film/TV content on iTunes. Is there an upgrade for the same content in 4K?
A. Yes - Apple stated that any previously purchased iTunes content that becomes available in 4K will automatically be made available to previous purchasers free of charge.
Q. Will Netflix 4K content be available?
Q. Will Amazon Prime 4K content be available?
Q. Will YouTube 4K content be available?
A. Yes.
Q. Can I download 4K content to play at a later time?
A. No. 4K content needs a minimum 25Mb/s download speed because the content bitrates/file sizes are so large - for this reason 4K content is streamed and not downloaded/stored on the Apple TV device.
Q. Does the Apple "TV" app work in European countries?
A. Yes.
Q. Is the BBC iPlayer service available on the Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation) in the UK?
A. Yes it is Buy it now on the iOS App Store
Q. I've seen various web sites, articles, videos that show programmes/TV/films that do not appear to be available on my Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation)?
A. Apps, streaming services, TV programmes and films are all region specific. Some of them may not be available in the country where you are located.
Q. I've heard there are Made For iOS (MFi) game controllers. What's available?
A. We've put together a list:
    NOTE: Check iPhone/iPad/iPod touch model and iOS / Apple TV and tvOS version compatibility before purchasing.
  • SteelSeries Nimbus - coming soon…
  • Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i - buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • SteelSeries Stratus XL - buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Hori HoriPad - buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • SteelSeries Stratus - buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Gamevice for iPad mini - buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Gamevice for iPhone 6 - buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Gamevice for iPad Air - coming soon…
  • MOGA Rebel MFi - buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Mad Catz Micro C.T.R.L.i - buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • MOGA Ace Power - buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • Logitech PowerShell - buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
  • NOTE: The iCade Mobile game controller below is not an Apple certified Made For iOS (MFi) controller but it does work with many specialist games on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch and is very popular so we have listed it below for reference:
  • Ion iCade Mobile - buy it now at Buy it now at Amazon UK Buy it now at Amazon USA
Q. With my older Apple TVs I used to use my iPhone/iPad/iPod touch as a "remote control" with the Apple Remote iOS app. Does this work with the Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation)?
A. Yes, there's an official Apple app Buy it now on the iOS App Store
Q. Does the Apple TV 4K (2nd Generation) have it's own operating system?
A. Yes - it's called "tvOS".

tvOS 15 was officially announced at Apple's WWDC online virtual event on 7th June 2021. The first Developer Preview was made available on 7th June 2021. The first Public Beta was made available on 30th June 2021. The consumer edition of tvOS 15 will be available in the autumn of 2021 probably in September or October. New features of note, that are currently listed by Apple, include:
  • Spatial Audio
  • FaceTime SharePlay
NOTE: Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas.



the tvOS 14.7 bug fix/security update was released on 19th July 2021.
the tvOS 14.6 feature/bug fix/security update was released on 24th May 2021.
the tvOS 14.5 security/bug fix update was released on 26th April 2021.
the tvOS 14.4 security/bug fix update was released on 26th January 2021.
the tvOS 14.3 feature/bug fix/security update was released on 14th December 2020.
the tvOS 14.2 security/bug fix update was released on 5th November 2020.
the tvOS 14.0.2 bug fix update was released on 5th October 2020.
the tvOS 14.0.1 bug fix update was released on 24th September 2020.
tvOS 14 was released on 16th September 2020 and included the following new features:
  • Redesigned Control Center including direct control of HomeKit accessories
  • Support for multiple users for Apple Arcade games
  • Expanded Xbox controller support - Microsoft Elite 2 + Adaptive Xbox One
  • Expanded controller support - Xbox Series X S Wireless Controller and Sony PS5 DualSenseTM Wireless Controller - tvOS 14.5 or later required
  • Audio Sharing for simultaneously connecting two sets of AirPods
  • Picture-in-picture support "across the entire Apple TV experience" including camera feeds and monitoring for HomeKit-enabled security cameras
  • AirPlay improvement - stream 4K resolution videos from iOS and iPadOS (Apple TV 4K 1st+2nd Generation models only)
  • Support for 4K YouTube videos (Apple TV 4K 1st+2nd Generation models only)
  • Support for Fitness+ - tvOS 14.3 or later required (initially, only UK and Ireland in Europe)
  • Frame rate options of 29.97Hz and 59.94Hz instead of 30Hz/60Hz - tvOS 14.5 or later required
  • Siri remote voice control for Austria, Ireland and New Zealand - tvOS 14.5 or later required
  • New Colour Balance feature - ‌tvOS 14.5 or later + an iPhone‌ with Face ID required
  • Support for Spatial Audio + Lossless Audio streaming - ‌tvOS 14.6 or later required
NOTE: Some features may not be available for all countries or all areas. Some of this information is derived from Apple's publically available release notes.



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