Apple is speculated to be working on new models of its Apple TV box. The latest leak on the device claims that the company is going to upgrade the hardware of the box with its own, new, and more powerful, next-generation A12 and A14 processing chip and controllers support.
Currently, there are two types of set-top boxes, Apple TV 4K HDR and Apple TV HD. The 4K box is powered by an A10X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture. It offers crisper resolution than HD, Dolby Atmos immersive sound, 4K content like movies, live shows via dedicated apps, and much more. The box supports Apple’s various services like music, arcade, and video streaming.
New Apple TV Sets equipped with Next-Generation Processing Chips
As per the leaker Fudge @choco_bit, Apple is giving the set-top box a major upgrade because of the Apple Arcade games ecosystem. The leak claims that the company will launch two new sets with A12X/Z and A14X Bionic chips. The account also mentions that a new controller is also on the way.
All the new updates are exclusively designed to support upcoming games on Apple Arcade, the company’s gaming service. Fudge says that the company is working with developers to build console-level games to boost the gaming service. The leaker also mentions that some games will require A13 and later processor, which means that to play the new gaming titles users will have to upgrade their current A10 box to the latest model.
Apple Arcade is a subscription-based gaming service. For $4.99 subscribers get ‘all you can play’ access to more than 100 games completely add free and with no in-app purchases.
In February, the iOS 13.4 beta version revealed signs of a new Apple TV set-top box equipped with an A12 Bionic chip with 64GB and 128GB storage capacities. In May, another leaker Jon Prosser corroborated the report and said that the aforementioned model of the Apple TV box was ready to ship.
As of now, there are no details of the price and design of the box. However, Bloomberg reports that it will be released in 2021.