Zwift Apple TV 4k Review
Welcome to our Zwift Apple TV 4K Review.
Zwift Apple TV 4k Limitations
Only Supports 2 Concurrent Bluetooth Smart Sensors
Apple TV only supports 2 concurrent bluetooth smart sensors. That’s right, you can only use 2 bluetooth smart devices to communicate with Apple TV.
Apple TV actually has a 3rd slot, but that is reserved for their Apple TV remote.
For example if you have a Heart Rate monitor, a Cadence Sensor and a Smart Trainer, only 2 of those devices will be able to connect via the Apple TV interface.
The good news is there is a work around.
Apple TV 4K only communicates via Bluetooth
Another limitation is Apple TV 4k only communicates via Bluetooth, so if you have an ANT+ device you will need something like a (NPE Cable) to convert ANT+ to a Bluetooth signal.
Apple TV 4K Graphics
Apple TV 4K graphics just aren’t as stellar compared to computer with a high speed graphics card. Apple TV will render Zwift at 1080p. What you will notice the most is things like lower resolution textures, special effects, and lack of shadows (shadows falling on the rider/road as you climb a hill).
As an avid Zwifter, the lack of high resolution graphics while cool, doesn’t really make a huge difference in the overall experience.
Apple tends to include new driver versions in OS updates, so if a new update to the tvOS comes out, it may contain an improved version of the tvOS driver.
That’s about it, though. Zwift is cranked to take as much advantage of the AppleTV’s hardware as commonly possible.
So if you’re expecting the Zwift Apple TV 4k graphics to be the same on a Macbook vs the Apple TV, you may be a bit disappointed.
Zwift Apple TV 4k Setup
To setup your Apple TV 4K on Zwift you will need 3 items
- Paid Zwift Account
- 4K or equivalent TV
- Apple TV 4K
Zwift Monthly Membership
Zwift is a monthly membership service and currently runs at $14.99 month. Once signed up for Zwift, just remember your Zwift account user name and password.
4K Or Equivalent TV
If the goal is to have a kick butt training environment you will want to buy a good flatscreen TV. I ended up purchasing a 50″ Samsung UHD TV. It works great and is plenty big for my training sessions. The other benefit is the TV only set me back $350. Much less than I was expecting.
I did purchase a standard flat screen TV wall mount. Some people prefer to purchase a tripod stand so they can move the TV around.
For space savings I opted for the wall mount.
Apple TV 4K Setup
Setting up the Apple TV 4K is pretty straight forward. Just follow the Apple instructions that comes with the Apple TV and the TV instructions that come with your flatscreen.
Once both the Apple TV and your Flatscreen are setup, the next step is to download the Zwift App for Apple TV.
HOW TO LOAD THE ZWIFT APP ON APPLE TV
Zwift Apple TV Setup
- Launch the Apple TV App Store app from your Home screen.
- Perform a Search using Apple TV’s Search Feature
- Type in the “Zwift”
- Navigate to the Zwift app to download it.
- Click on the app icon.
- Click on Get since the Zwift app is free and doesn’t require a purchase.
- Once the application is downloaded, click on the app on your Apple TV and enter your Zwift Account Information (Should only have to do this once).
Zwift Companion Application
As mentioned earlier the Apple TV only supports 2 concurrent bluetooth smart sensors. To get around this limitation for Zwift you can use Zwift’s mobile companion app.
The Zwift app allows you to connect additional Bluetooth devices and get around the Apple TV bluetooth limitation of just 2.