Andrew O’Hara, iDownloadBlog:
Though most of the changes to the upcoming Apple TV 4K are internal, one notable change to the exterior is the addition of a gigabit ethernet port.
Good catch. Nice to be able to do a WiFi only setup, but with 4K comes 4 times the data, making a gigabit ethernet port much more important.
From a related iDownloadBlog post:
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.
I checked the Apple TV 4K spec page, and it seems this is true. I wonder how you’ll do restores if things go south. Via Ethernet? Wifi?
UPDATE: Much digging, much discussion, here’s my current thoughts on life without the USB-C. For most folks, a failure of the Apple TV will mean a trip to the Apple Store. For developers, Xcode 9 lets you connect to the Apple TV (here’s a post, H/T Jack Webster) as long as you are on the same network. So, ethernet port is your friend there, network debugging. If your Apple TV goes south, not sure how end users or devs would do a restore. Interesting.