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Eddy Cue, Senior VP of Internet Software, introduces Apple TV during a launch event in Cupertino, California September 13, 2017. — Reuters picEddy Cue, Senior VP of Internet Software, introduces Apple TV during a launch event in Cupertino, California September 13, 2017. — Reuters picCUPERTINO, Sept 13 — Apple Inc upgraded its Apple TV set-top box to handle higher-quality video as competition from Amazon.com Inc, Roku Inc, and Google heats up in the living room.

The new Apple model can stream 4K video, which is much higher resolution than standard 1080p video, from the iTunes movie catalogue and other apps such as Netflix and Amazon’s video service, Apple said during an event yesterday at the its new headquarters in Cupertino, California. The box will also support HDR video, which shows a more accurate representation of colours. It starts at US$179 (RM751), versus US$149 for the current model. The new box will be available for order on September 15, Apple said.

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  • Jeff Williams, Apple COO, speaks as product images are shown behind him during a launch event in Cupertino, California September 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, shows the iPhone X during a launch event in Cupertino, California September 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Apple iPhone X samples are displayed during a product launch event in Cupertino, California September 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Apple Watches are displayed during a launch event in Cupertino, California September 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • An AirPower wireless charger is displayed along with other products during an Apple launch event in Cupertino, California September 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • From left: iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and iPhone 8 models are displayed during an Apple launch event in Cupertino, California September 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • From left: iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and iPhone 8 models are displayed during an Apple launch event in Cupertino, California September 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the iPhone X during a launch event in Cupertino, California September 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, shows Animoji during a launch event in Cupertino, California September 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • An iPhone 8 (left) and an iPhone 8 Plus are displayed during a launch event in Cupertino, California September 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Apple Watches are displayed during a launch event in Cupertino, California September 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

  • Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks as product images are shown behind him during a launch event in Cupertino, California September 13, 2017. — Reuters pic

The updated box, called the Apple TV 4K, has a new processor that’s twice as fast as the existing box and four times faster for graphics. Apple also previewed deeper integration of live television, allowing users to navigate between live news and sports streams via the company’s new TV app.

Apple has been trying for years to revolutionise TV in the same way it changed phones. But it has so far struggled to make a big impact. The Apple TV is part of the company’s “Other Products” unit that accounts for just 6 per cent of revenue. However, the product is a key accessory to the iPhone and the centrepiece of Apple’s emerging video content strategy and Services business. Apple has pledged to invest US$1 billion in original video.

Apple executive Eddy Cue said yesterday that all major movie studios have signed up to deliver 4K movies through the box. All high-definition videos previously purchased from Apple will be upgraded for free to 4K, he added.

Apple overhauled the box in 2015, giving it a version of the iPhone’s operating system, a third-party app ecosystem via the App Store, a touch-based remote, and Siri voice control. Since then, the market for internet-connected set-top boxes has heated up. Apple TV will have 21.3 million users this year, trailing numbers from Roku and Amazon boxes and Google Chromecasts, which will each top 35 million users, eMarketer estimates. — Bloomberg

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