We were under the impression that a new Apple TV box was coming this year, but leaks have indicated that a new revision of Apple’s streaming box might not happen until 2021.
The tvOS update is already live and we had though that they’ll be a new Apple TV box to go with it. Despite Apple’s October event looming launch, it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing a refresh at the event. In all likelihood it looks the next streaming player will slip into 2021.
Here’s what we know about the next Apple TV box.
When will the new Apple TV box be released?
The Apple TV HD went on sale October 2015. The most recent Apple TV box launched in 2017, and brought with it 4K and HDR support. A new box did not arrive in 2019, however.
Jon Prosser tweeted that a new Apple TV 4K with the codename Neptune T1125 is ready to ship all the way back in May.
Turned out that was incorrect as Bloomberg cited that “people familiar with the development” believe the device won’t ship until next year. That means the new Apple TV box will go on sale probably some time in early 2021.
How much will the new Apple TV 6 cost?
The 32GB version of Apple TV 4K sells for £179, and £199 for the 64GB version. The fourth generation Apple TV HD is still available for £149.
With a 64GB and 128GB version of the Apple TV 6 said to be in the works, it’s likely this would replace the existing 32GB/64GB versions.
Our thoughts is that the price will remain the same at £179 and £199 if Apple wants to remain even slightly competitive with the likes of Amazon, Google and Roku.
What does the new Apple TV 2021 look like?
One thing that has been consistent about the new Apple TV box is that its the physical design will remain the same.
That’s not to say it couldn’t use an update. The current box has a single HDMI 2.0 output and a move to HDMI 2.1 would enable eARC for Atmos audio.
According to 9to5mac, a new remote is in the works. The current Siri voice remote is not much loved and not ideal for gaming, especially as this latest streaming player is being positioned as a gaming device.
What features will the new Apple TV box have?
The current box packs a powerful A10X chipset, but info uncovered in iOS 13.4 suggests the new streamer will bump that up to A12 or A13 for better gaming performance.
It’ll feature tvOS 14, of that we can be sure of. New features to tvOS include access to HomeKit-enabled video cameras and accessories through Siri or Control Centre. If an owner has a smart home set-up, they can receive doorbell notifications on the big screen, which will show live feeds of who is at the door.
Multi-user capabilities have expanded to include Apple Arcade, with instant resumption so players can pick up from where they left off. Gamers can switch between users through Control Centre, and that’s where info about game progress, Game Center achievements, leaderboards and friends are stored.
The Apple TV platform now has support for Xbox controllers in the Xbox Elite 2 and Adaptive controller. There’s also support for YouTube 4K, and Picture-in-Picture (PIP) support is available across the Apple TV system, supported by AirPlay, which can stream in 4K. Whenever the new Apple TV box launches, you can look forward to enjoying all of these features.