Written by AndrewH
Yesterday Apple held their event where they announced several services such as the iPad Pro tablet, which is big and expensive, as well as Apple TV. Well hot off the heels of Apple debuting their new TV platform, Amazon apparently has a 4K form of Amazon Fire TV that looks to be arriving every day now. Allow the set-top box wars begins!
One thing that was pretty interesting yesterday was Apple failing to mention anything related to 4K support with Apple TV. If this is any suggestion that there won’t be 4K support if this hits store shelves, that’s not the best start for Apple TV. All the other hardware specs are virtually comparable to what’s already available.
Amazon has apparently been busy themselves, making a 4K form of Amazon Fire TV. This new box will have 4K output support from the beginning as well as Amazon Prime Instant Video use of help sweeten the offer a little more. The new Amazon Fire TV version was spotted over around the FCC’s website getting approval. Also of note is always that the prior version of Fire TV is not available within the united states, suggesting even further that this new 4K version will be launching soon.
The FCC report also showed some other interesting tidbits of knowledge, for example 4K video streaming support along with a sd card slot to expand storage. On the downside of things, the report has the new Amazon Fire TV listed as 2.4GHz only, instead of dual-band because of its Wi-Fi. This is particularly strange since the original Fire TV was dual-band.
All of the relies off of the latest FCC report so that doesn’t mean there won’t be some additions before the launch of Amazon’s 4K Fire TV. As for Apple TV and the insufficient 4K support mentioned, that will most likely come in the long run, probably after the initial launch. It might be a bit late for your though.
Source: FCC | Pocket-Lint