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Apple TV has received the support of Dolby Digital Plus 7.1, but lost the optical audio

On Wednesday, Apple made a number of high-profile announcements, among which high-end smartphones iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, a giant tablet with a stylus iPad Pro and Apple TV fourth generation. To say that set-top box received a “routine” update, the language does not turn. It’s not even recycled, but completely rethought the device that Apple – the – re-invented. What is so interesting developers from Cupertino have added to the device, capable of any television receiver to make the real “smart”?

Let’s start with the updates that are most visible from the point of view of the expanded functionality. First, Siri will now help users and Apple TV. However, only 8 countries and 5 languages. Will there be further “expansion” virtual assistant – is not known. Secondly, now TV set-top box supports not only broadcast films and videos, but also games. As a gaming controller, the user can choose either a standard remote control with touch panel (included), and complete controller from a third-party. Thirdly, the cost. The price in the U.S. starts at $149 for a younger model with a 32-Gigabyte drive. The following gradation with 64 GB costs $50 more. This is, perhaps, not the most pleasant innovation, but it is adequate and commensurate to the capabilities of the new items.

As for hardware, it is all more or less predictable and even somewhat boring for humanists, but it was the turn of “techies” to enjoy the updates. First, debuted last year 64-bit A8 processor, now is the heart of the Apple TV. Speed, support for new applications and enhanced General stability of the system – all the little black boxes Apple. Secondly, the HDMI 1.4 port that can transmit to the TV video in 4K. And although support for UltraHD has not been officially declared, a new connector is capable of it. And finally, third, 2 GB of RAM as the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and iPhone 6s.

Panel connectors Apple TV 3G (top) and 4G (bottom): there is a desire to minimize

As for the sound, it’s all a bit strange. In the Apple for some reason decided to abandon the optical audio than notably upset audiophiles. As evidenced by page Apple TV on the official website, and sound and image are transmitted only through the HDMI. But there is a real outlet for music lovers: coveted by lovers of good sound support Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 replacing old technology with 5.1-channel system.

If you are a true connoisseur of pristine sound, you have a way out of the situation with the missing connector; even two. First: connect your device to a Hi-Fi receiver, and then to combine the sound from the speaker and a “picture” of consoles. Second: use AirPlay or wireless adapter AirPort Express with an optical connector.

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