More than a year has passed since the launch of the second-generation Apple TV 4K in May 2021, and there have been rumors of new features planned for the next model and beyond, including a faster chip, more RAM, a new Siri Remote and more .
We’ve rounded up all the Apple TV rumors shared below, as well as features coming in the tvOS 16 software update later this year.
A14 chip and 4 GB RAM
A new Apple TV codenamed “J255” is in development with an A14 chip and 4GB RAMaccording to Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman. These upgrades would result in improved performance, which could be beneficial for gaming on the device.
The current Apple TV 4K has an A12 chip and 3GB of RAM.
Apple plans to launch a cheaper Apple TV in the second half of 2022, said analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. It’s unclear whether this Apple TV would have the A14 chip and 4GB of RAM that Gurman reported, or if it would be a completely different model.
The current Apple TV 4K starts at $179 with 32GB of storage, while the Apple TV HD remains available for $149. In comparison, there are many streaming sticks from brands like Chromecast and Roku available for under $50 to $50 USD. 100.
Both the second-generation (2010) and third-generation (2012) models of the Apple TV were priced at $99 at launch, and Apple eventually lowered the price of the third-generation model to $69, so priority is given to a lower – priced Apple TV.
New Siri Remote
In iOS 16 beta, there are code-level references to what appears to be a new and unreleased version of the Siri Remote for the Apple TV.
As noted by @aaronp613there are strings for “SiriRemote4” and “WirelessRemoteFirmware.4” that do not match an existing Siri Remote.
Aaron said the original Siri Remote is identified as “SiriRemote”, while a revised version of that remote with a white circle around the “Menu” button is “SiriRemote2”, and the silver Siri Remote released last year, “SiriRemote3 “is. This raises the possibility that “SiriRemote4” is a future remote for a new or existing Apple TV.
No additional details about “SiriRemote4” are mentioned in the code, so nothing is known at this time about the potential design or functions of the remote. The code findings also don’t guarantee Apple will move forward with releasing a new remote.
Gurman believes Apple will eventually release a device that combines an Apple TV, HomePod and FaceTime camera, but details remain slim. Gurman said the combined device will “probably be central to Apple’s approach” in the home.
tvOS 16 Features
tvOS 16 will be released later this year for the Apple TV HD and newer. The update is currently in beta for developers, with a public beta coming in July†
An overview of new tvOS 16 features for the Apple TV†
- Connectivity between different devices: Apple says tvOS 16 will allow developers to integrate their Apple TV app with their iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch apps to unlock new experiences that “feel more personalized than ever.” For example, developers can deliver more personalized workouts on the Apple TV based on motion sensor data from the Apple Watch, display real-time information on the iPhone while a video is playing in their Apple TV app, or add more screens for gameplay.
- Extended support for game controllers: Apple says many additional Bluetooth game controllers will be supported on tvOS 16. This specifically includes support for Nintendo’s Joy-Cons and Pro Controller.
- Multi-User Enhancements: tvOS 16 provides improved system integration for user profiles in Apple TV apps. Apple says that users with credentials stored in a shared keychain won’t need to log in and choose their profile every time they launch an Apple TV app that’s updated with this functionality.
- Matter support: Matter is a new standard that allows compatible smart home accessories to work together seamlessly across multiple platforms, including Apple’s HomeKit, Amazon’s Alexa and more. A home hub is required to control Matter accessories in the Home app, this can be an Apple TV updated to tvOS 16 or a HomePod/HomePod mini updated to the latest software version.
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