The new Apple TV 4K has brought back the speedy Gigabit Ethernet port (the previous box uses the slower 10/100 Mbps Ethernet for wired Internet), but it’s lost the handy USB-C port.

The fourth-generation Apple TV, which is still sold, has the USB-C port.

Apple primarily uses it for service and support, but enthusiast can take advantage of it to connect their fourth-generation box to a computer and do things such as restore the firmware, take screenshots in Xcode, place an Apple TV in recovery mode and so forth.

As for the Ethernet port, 4K streaming quality depends on hardware and Internet connection so it makes sense they would upgrade the new box to a faster 1000Mbps Ethernet.

According to the company, 4K streaming requires 15Mbps speeds so it’s nice knowing you can hook up your Apple TV 4K to a broadband modem via a reliable wired connection knowing its built-in Ethernet port provides enough throughout for smooth 4K streaming.

Like before, the new box can go online via Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO as well, but Gigabit Ethernet definitely provides a much more reliable connection (if you don’t mind the wire).

Check out everything else new coming in the updated Apple TV 4K.

Why do you think Apple might have omitted USB-C from the new box?

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  • Gucciipad

    No more sideloading kodi. I wonder how we will sideload now

    • Martynet


      • Good point!

      • triggerhappypunk

        Off topic, how about an investigation/article on what 3rd party apps will and will not work with Face ID? Without a fingerprint scanner, not sure that I want to go with the “X” model if most of my 3rd party apps will not support Face ID. Otherwise, I’m all in.

      • If an app works with Touch ID, it will automatically work with Face ID. Vice versa. No work needed on the developer’s part.

      • triggerhappypunk

        Good to know, thank you!

      • Any app that works with Touch ID also works with Face ID automatically without any intervention on the developer’s part.

      • Soheil Plus

        xcode 9 supports connecting to devices and new tv wirelessly.

      • ravinigga

        Oh nice so wireless sideload?
        Well I have still 2005 tv with 1080i so I wait when my tv go broke

    • Martynet

      Also, I don’t sideload kodi anymore. Since I experienced kodi as part of the OS in Libreelec. It’s so much faster than on ios or Android. Running it on minix neo-u1 device which is greatly supported by libreelec community.

  • Fyodor Tran

    bc xcode 9 has wireless debugging

  • Iskren Donev

    I wonder what you would need to do if you want to restore the new Apple TV? Also what about jailbreaking?