We’ve heard multiple rumors of Apple’s working on a refreshed Apple TV, and a new report by Nikkei Asia Review throws another log on the rumor fire. The publication claims its sources tell it that Apple is currently working on a refreshed Apple TV device for release next year.
Nikkei’s Apple TV mention appears in a report about Apple’s 2021 production plans.
Apple is also preparing an aggressive production schedule for its high-end computers, including the MacBook Pro and iMac Pro, for 2021, two other people familiar with the matter said. The company is in the midst of replacing Intel central processors in its computer lineups with self-designed CPUs built using technology from British chip designer Arm. Apple already introduced three MacBook models powered by its M1 central processor in late 2020 and announced it will take about two years to fully transition to CPUs designed in-house. The U.S. tech giant is also working on a new Apple TV, a home entertainment device for video-on-demand services, for next year, one of the people said.
Back in January, we saw reports that signs of a new Apple TV were present in an iOS 13.4 beta. Rumors at the time suggested the new set-top box would boast an A12 chip and 64 and 128 GB storage options.
Since then, we’ve seen mentions of a new Apple TV in iOS 14 code, and leaker Jon Prosser has claimed a new Apple TV with an A12X Bionic chip is under development. Prosser recently suggested the new box could also include a U1 chip to allow for Ultra Wideband support to allow improved spatial awareness between devices.
Apple TV is definitely overdue for an update. Apple hasn’t updated the current Apple TV 4K since September 2017.