Apple TV 4K to get Dolby Atmos audio in future tvOS update

Apple, while launching its Apple TV 4K earlier this month along with the new iPhone handsets, did not say anything if the streaming device will come with Dolby Atmos surround sound tech out of the box or not. However, according to The Verge, the streaming box will be getting the audio upgrade in future as a part of the tvOS update.

“Apple also doesn’t support modern surround sound standards like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, which place sound effects in 3D space around you,” said The Verge’s Nilay Patel in his Apple TV 4K review. “Apple told me that the lack of Atmos isn’t a hardware limitation, and that support is on the roadmap,” he added.

It is not clear as to when Apple plans to bring this support to its 4K TV streaming box. Apple TV 4K starts at $179 for 32GB variant and $199 for the 64GB variant in the US.

Apple TV is the company’s video-streaming box and Apple TV 4K is an upgrade over the previous generation of the device. As the name suggests, Apple TV 4K shows videos in 4K resolution.

It comes with 4K HDR 10 support along with Dolby vision. The Cupertino-based tech firm has also tweaked the Apple TV user interface. The upgraded streaming box comes with CPU with performance twice as fast and graphics four times faster.
Powered by Apple A10X processor, the Apple TV 4K is priced at Rs 15,900 for 32GB and Rs 17,900 for the 64GB variant. The Apple TV (4th generation) 32GB variant now costs Rs 12,900. The device will be available for pre-order in the US, starting September 15. It will be made available starting September 22 in select markets.

Apple says it is working with 20th Century Fox, Lionsgate and other production houses to bring new content to iTunes. Users can purchase movies from select production houses on iTunes and Apple will make it 4K HDR compatible free of cost for the new Apple TV users. Amazon Prime will also be bringing its 4K HDR content for the new streaming box later this year.

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