It has been nearly three years since Apple officially launched the previous generation of Apple TV 4K, and with the launch of Apple TV + streaming service and Apple Arcade game subscription service, the release of the new Apple TV is on the horizon.
Apple is also expected to bring Screen Time to tvOS.
Apple is set to release the next generation of its Apple TV hardware, according to new rumours, and there's an update on the way for tvOS that'll make parents' lives a whole lot easier. It will reportedly feature a brand new and immersive design tailor-made for children. We'd take that with a pinch of salt right now, with the Coronavirus outbreak having an effect on supply chains and retail stores worldwide, but it's good to know that a release should be on the cards soon. As a point of contrast, the current Apple TV boasts an A10X fusion chip. In fact, the only real high-end competitor to the Apple TV is the £149/$149 Nvidia Shield TV.
The new Kids Mode and Screen Time features will nearly certainly be software features of tvOS, rather than being dependent on new Apple TV hardware, although with tvOS 13.4 likely to be released this week, it's a safe bet that we won't see these until tvOS 14 arrives in the fall. After all, it's what Apple did with the Apple Watch range when the Series 5 was released, ditching the near-identical Series 4 but continuing to offer the older Series 3 alongside the Series 5. The Verifier states that Apple will put either its A11 or A12 processor in the new media player.
This also lines up with what Apple has been doing with its other new releases recently, having just doubled the storage of the entry-level iPad Pro and the new MacBook Air, while the entire Mac mini lineup was refreshed exclusively to add new storage tiers. The resolution will stay at 4K, suggesting that the upgraded power will be used to improve Apple Arcade game performance - an issue that plagues the current-gen hardware. From a deign perspective, the set top box won't be changing much - of at all - but the remote is getting a makeover. Users will be able to create a sub account and control which Apps can be installed.
The site also reports that Apple is building a new "Kids" mode for tvOS that will allow parents to set up a separate user account for their children that they can have parental control over. Specific details are unknown, but the report says that the company is working on a "redesigned Apple TV+ with a greater focus on content".
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