The subsequent software program replace for the Apple TV 4K will give homeowners of the month-old set-top field a bit of extra management over their video output settings.
As famous by MacRumors, a video launched on Apple’s Developer website this week says that the Apple TV’s tvOS 11.2 replace will enable the set-top field to robotically swap its show settings to match the native body price and dynamic vary of a given video.
At the moment, the Apple TV 4K takes a “one dimension matches all” strategy to video output. The field reads what kind of refresh price, decision, and dynamic vary your TV is able to throughout setup and units its video output to what it thinks will present the perfect expertise—but it surely doesn’t change that setting by itself afterward, no matter what you watch.
So if the Apple TV units your 4K TV to output 60Hz Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR (assuming you’ve gotten a TV able to enjoying that), it can attempt to show the whole lot in that format, even for those who watch a video made to make use of customary dynamic vary at 30Hz.
Apple additionally prioritizes a better refresh price over HDR format; as an illustration, the Apple TV 4K would present a 60Hz HDR10 image as a substitute of a 30Hz Dolby Imaginative and prescient image if given the choice. (Dolby Imaginative and prescient is technically a extra highly effective HDR spec than the open HDR10 customary, although the standard hole between the 2 isn’t massively perceptible as we speak.)
This will simplify issues for extra informal Apple TV customers, however as a result of the interpretation course of can muck up a video’s meant picture high quality—significantly when sending customary dynamic vary video over an HDR sign—it has irritated a few of the AV fanatics at which the $179 machine is ostensibly aimed. You possibly can manually tweak the Apple TV 4K’s output settings and swap dynamic vary modes as we speak, however going out and in of a settings menu to get the perfect image potential isn’t best.
The subsequent tvOS replace ought to get round that challenge, as it can add separate choices to match the native body price and dynamic vary of a video within the Apple TV 4K’s “Audio and Video” menu.
The 2 toggles might be disabled by default, and Apple cautions tvOS builders to not swap modes too typically to keep away from show flickering and different hiccups (the reason why it didn’t implement the brand new options within the first place). The corporate additionally notes that the characteristic will solely work with “suitable apps.” But it surely ought to assist the Apple TV 4K keep away from a few of the noise, brightness, and shade accuracy points which were reported because of the machine forcing customary dynamic vary movies by way of an HDR sign.
It’s not clear when the tvOS 11.2 replace will hit the Apple TV 4K, however the firm launched the primary developer beta for it on Monday, so it shouldn’t be terribly distant. Whereas the replace gained’t tackle the whole lot home-theater geeks have referred to as for—there’s nonetheless nothing in the best way of Dolby Atmos audio assist, for one—it’s an vital repair, and one that ought to assist the Apple TV 4K higher justify its excessive asking value.