Apple TV 4K (2021) review: The future of streaming or just more of the same?

The Apple TV 4K's design hasn't changed on the outside one bit. That means there's still HDMI and Ethernet connections on the back. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
But you do get a very much improved new remote control. It's got a power button to control your TV and a touch sensitive d-pad at the top. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
It's also more powerful than the previous model. It now sports the A12 bionic processor found in the iPhone XS, plus support for HDMI 2.1 and 60fps frame-rates. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The new remote allows you to scroll through your favourite content by moving your finger in a circular movement that is reminiscent of the iPod. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
We'll say it again, the remote is so much better this time around. It's metal so it won't break as easily, and you can now tell which way it is up too. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
Apple now lets you use an iPhone to help colour balance your TV's content output. We didn't find it made much difference, but it could for some. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
Streaming is only half the story. The Apple TV 4K will also connect with your Apple Watch when you use it with Fitness+. (image credit: Pocket-lint)
The 2021 update delivers what it sets out to do, but against the competition it feels pricey. But that's because it does so much more than just streaming. (image credit: Pocket-lint)