Apple TV 4K might be getting a specifications refresh as early as this week, as per the latest leaks. The internals will get a bump up to A12z chip, which should help increase its performance, while everything else is expected to remain the same. Even the Siri remote will not get its much-awaited redesign or any new features with this release.
Although we are at A14 Bionic right now with the iPhone, the A12z chip is no slouch. It is currently used in the 2020 iPad Pro, and is sufficiently fast for high quality video processing and gaming. The Apple TV 4K upgrade is also expected to help with the latest Apple Arcade games, however, there are no leaks regarding any games that might take advantage of the additional horsepower.
Apple TV 2020 refresh with A12z chip
As per LeaksApplePro, here are the specifications expected from the new Apple TV 4K:
- 4K HDR support
- 64GB and 128GB variants
- A12Z Bionic chip
- Wi-Fi 6
- Black color
The new model is expected to be announced on Tuesday, December 8, while shipping will start from Friday, December 11. Apple will likely announce it as a press release on its website. This might the winter surprise that @L0ve2dream was talking about.
In related news, the non-4K Apple TV will likely be phased out, in favor of just one A12z-based 4K model. It makes sense for Apple to just sell one 4K capable model, as none of their chips are slow enough for users to stick to just regular HD content.
LeaksApplePro also mentioned that Fitness+ might launch alongside the new Apple TV. Although Fitness+ has a TV component to it, it is likely that the health-focused subscription will work just as well on older Apple TV models, so we will not recommend that you upgrade just for the service.
Although a new Siri Remote redesign with Find My support is not expected tomorrow, there are some conflicting reports that Apple might actually announce it with tomorrow’s Apple TV 4K.
A ‘premium’ Apple TV model is rumored to launch in 2021, which will feature the A14 Bionic chip, the new Siri Remote, and graphite color. We are unsure what would be the reason for customers to upgrade to such a powerful set top box, unless Apple has plans to roll-out some Apple Arcade games for it that would benefit for the performance advantage provided by A14.