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Compare Apple TV 4K to Apple TV HD

With Apple TV 4K, Apple released the fifth generation media player, the successor to Apple TV HD. With Apple TV 4K, you can watch movies and series in higher quality than with Apple TV HD. Apple TV 4K also has a faster chip. On this page, we'll compare both models to make sure you can make the right choice.

Apple TV 4K 32GB

4K (3840 x 2160) | Suitable for Netflix, iTunes, and Apple Music | App for iOS
179,-
in stock
  • Thanks to the 4K HDR support, you can watch movies from Apple TV+ or Netflix and photos from your phone in high quality.
  • Apple TV 4K supports Dolby Atmos, with which you can enjoy surround sound with movies, series and music.
  • Thanks to the A10X Fusion chip, you can play Apple Arcade effortlessly and without stuttering.
  • You can only enjoy the high 4K resolution and HDR if you have a television that supports 4K and HDR10.
  • No HDMI cable is included to connect Apple TV to your television.

Apple TV HD 32GB

Full HD (1920x1080) | Suitable for Netflix, iTunes, and Apple Music | App for iOS
139,-
in stock
  • The Apple TV HD supports many apps, including Netflix, iCloud, and Home Delivery.
  • Via AirPlay, you can easily mirror the content of your iPhone or iPad to your Apple TV, for example for photos or music.
  • The resolution of Apple TV HD is lower, so it's slightly less sharp than the resolution of Apple TV 4K.
  • No HDMI cable is included to connect Apple TV to your television.

Comparison Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD

Apple TV 4K Apple TV HD
Resolution 4K HDR (3840x2160 pixels) HD (1920x1080 pixels)
Storage capacity 32GB and 64GB 32GB
Chip A10X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture A8 chip with 64-bit architecture
Connectors HDMI 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, Built-in power supply HDMI 1.4, 10/00 Ethernet, USB-C, Built-in power supply
Suitable as a HomeKit hub Yes Yes

Resolution

Apple TV 4K: 4 times sharper

Apple TV 4K: 4 times sharper

The main difference with its predecessor is the resolution of Apple TV 4K. The image is up to 4 times sharper if you watch movies in 4K quality, thanks to over 8 million pixels in 4K. On top of that, Apple TV 4K also supports HDR which makes colors appear brighter and more realistic on your screen.

Apple TV HD Full HD

Apple TV HD: Full HD

Apple TV HD has a lower resolution than Apple TV 4K and has 1920x1080 pixels. It's the standard image quality for many media players. Want to watch movies in higher quality? Then Full HD is the minimum. More and more series and movies support 4K. And most TVs released today also support 4K. Do you want future-proof Apple TV? Then choose Apple TV 4K.

Chip

Apple TV 4K A10X Fusion chip

Apple TV 4K: A10X Fusion chip

Apple TV 4K has an A10X Fusion chip. Thanks to this chip, you cna play the games from Apple Arcade without stuttering. This means you won't have to worry about your games crashing when you're about to win. You can also easily and quickly switch between apps, thanks to the A10X Fusion chip.

Apple TV HD A8 chip

Apple TV HD: A8 chip

Apple TV HD has an A8 chip. This chip is less powerful than the Apple TV 4K chip. You can still play games from Apple Arcade, but they might run a little slower. Downloading or switching apps might also be a little slower than on Apple TV 4K.

Storage capacity

Apple TV 4K 32GB and 64GB

Apple TV 4K: 32GB and 64GB

Apple TV 4K is available with 2 different storage capacities, 32GB and 64GB. With Apple TV 4K 64GB, you can be sure you can install and try all games from the App Store without worrying about your storage capacity. You can also easily store all your favorite playlists, videos, and games on the 64GB storage.

Apple TV HD 32GB

Apple TV HD: 32GB

If you choose for Apple TV HD, you have no choice in storage capacity. You get a storage capacity of 32GB. This is enough to store your favorite apps and playlists. The operating system of Apple TV, tvOS, also takes up some storage capacity. This means you won't be able to use the full 32GB.

Connectors

Apple TV 4K: HDMI 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and power

Apple TV 4K: HDMI 2.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and power

There are 3 ports on Apple TV 4K. In addition to a port for the power grid, Apple TV 4K also has a port to connect a HDMI 2.0 cable to. The final port is for a Gigabit Ethernet cable. You can connect a Gigabit cable to this for up to 10 times faster internet than with a normal Ethernet cable.

Apple TV HD: HDMI 1.4, Ethernet, USB-C, and power

Apple TV HD: HDMI 1.4, Ethernet, USB-C, and power

Apple TV HD has one more port than Apple TV 4K. In addition to the port for the power grid, the HDMI port, and the Ethernet port, Apple TV HD has a USB-C port. With this, you can connect your MacBook to Apple TV HD to update Apple TV or make screenshots of Apple TV, for example.

Conclusion

Although the functions of the 2 Apple TV models don't differ much, there's definitely a difference between these media players. Apple TV 4K supports movies and series in a higher image quality than Apple TV HD, and you can op for the 64GB storage capacity. So are you looking for a future-proof media player? Then we recommend you choose Apple TV 4K.



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