The Apple TV 4K is a new brand of Apple TV designed by Apple and which has been updated to work with 4K TVs, though it can also be used on other TV models. It allows programmes and films to be watched in 4K HDR with sound from Dolby Atmos, and offers great content from apps like BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, Amazon Prime Video and Now TV. This level of 4K gives a crisper image using four times more pixels than Standard HD, and the High Dynamic Range (HDR) delivers brighter, more realistic colours and greater detail. Having partners with some of the world’s biggest TV networks and broadcasters, it allows you to watch live programmes whenever they’re on, and no matter what type they are. Coming with a Siri remote, you can operate it by just using your voice, but I would love if Apple could raise more awareness in future of accessibility features available to allow non-verbal people and others feel just as involved as their peers.
When you first get your Apple TV 4K you will see that it comes in a black box, with: the Apple Tv 4K, Siri Remote with a glass top trackpad which can be easily used to track and tap, a Power lead, a USB Lightening Cable and Documentation.
You can also use your Apple TV for playing games which you get by downloading them off the App Store. These can be played by just using the Siri Remote, but also through the Apple TV Game Controller sold separately or by mirroring them from your iPad or other devices to it via Bluetooth. However, you could also use the Apple TV Remote App which is a free download on iPhone and iPad, which is how I operate most of mine.
There’s not much more to say about the Apple TV other than what has been said already, but I do still think it’s a good option to buy if you want an Apple-based TV system. Its Accessibility features include: VoiceOver, Zoom, Increase Contrast, Reduce Motion, Closed Caption and SDH Support, Audio Descriptions, Siri and Dictation, and Switch Control. These can be set up in the settings app.
So what do I think about the Apple TV 4K overall? The graphics and High Definition of programmes, movies and games are powerful, making it impressive for anyone who’s interested in graphics. I would say it’s accessible to people with disabilities, but I would like there to be a bit more awareness about what accessibility features you can change. I also like how your iCloud photos will store on the TV the same as it would for your other devices.
The Apple TV 4K is available from Apple for £179.00 or £199.00, depending on if you settle for the 32 or 64GB one.