San Francisco: Apple is reportedly preparing multiple new Apple TV set-top boxes, with a model featuring a variant of the A12 chip and one with an “A14X-like” chip. The tech giant is also working on a new controller for the upcoming set-top box which would be an updated Siri Remote or a new, Apple-designed game controller.
All the new updates are exclusively designed to support upcoming games on Apple Arcade, the company’s gaming service. The company is working with developers to build console-level games to boost the gaming service, reports MacRumors.
According to the source, Apple is working with developers to bring console-level games to Apple Arcade as a means of bolstering the gaming service. Notably, the tweet points out that some games would only be able to be run on the A13 Bionic chip or later, so an upgraded Apple TV would be necessary to access the new Apple Arcade additions.
It has been rumored early this year that the company signs of a new Apple TV with an A12 bionic chip in the iOS 13.4 beta. In addition, this TV is said to comes with an updated processor and a “T1125” codename and may feature higher capacity 64 and 128GB storage options.
In May, another leaker Jon Prosser corroborated the report and said that the aforementioned model of the Apple TV box was ready to ship. He also suggested the new Apple TV will be equipped with an A12X Bionic chip, while another rumor had indicated it will use an A14 chip, the same chip in the fourth-generation iPad Air that’s expected in the 2020 iPhones.
Apple debuted its A14 Bionic chip alongside the redesigned iPad Air at its September “Time Flies” event, and new benchmarks indicate that the chip offers significant performance improvements over the previous A13 Bionic.
Hopefully, the new Apple TV would be unveiled at the Apple Digital-Only Event to Be Held on October 13:
Apple Digital-Only Event to Be Held on October 13
Apple today announced a second 2020 event, which is set to be held on Tuesday, October 13 at 10:00 a.m. on the Apple Park campus in Cupertino, California. As with Apple’s September event focusing on the new iPad and Apple Watches, the October event will be digital only, with Apple likely providing pre-taped segments for each new product that will be announced.
Since the new iPad Air, eighth-generation iPad, and Apple Watch Series 6 have already been announced, the October event is expected to be Apple’s iPhone-centric event with Apple introducing the new iPhone 12 lineup.
Apple plans to stream the fall iPhone event live on its Events website, on YouTube, and on the Apple TV when it kicks off at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. For those unable to watch, MacRumors will be providing full event coverage both on MacRumors.com and through the MacRumorsLive Twitter account.
Apple’s Events website, when viewed on an iPhone, includes a tappable augmented reality image that features an animated logo for the event that expands from a series of concentric circles into 3D spheres with the October 13 date image.
Apple has also shared a placeholder for its YouTube livestream on YouTube, so those who plan to watch that way can set a reminder.
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