Apple TV 4K wish list: 4 things I want to see in a 2020 refresh

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With Apple’s next event now officially less than a week away, rumors are circulating about what new {hardware} could be a part of the hotly anticipated new crop of iPhones. One candidate that has been lengthy due for an improve is the Apple TV 4K

The streaming field launched over three years in the past, in September 2017, and that is an eternity within the fast-paced world of streaming. Within the meantime Apple has concentrated its updates on services, rolling out Apple TV Plus, overhauling the Apple TV app to incorporate iTunes, growing an all-new gaming platform in Apple Arcade and mixing a bunch of its choices into the Apple One bundle. However its flagship TV field has remained unchanged whereas competing platforms akin to Roku, Amazon’s Fireplace TV and Google energy an increasing number of new TV devices, the newest being the wonderful Chromecast with Google TV.

As typical with Apple, rumors of a refresh are all the time effervescent up, however the firm hasn’t introduced something official but. Right here are some things I wish to see within the 2020 replace in addition to some hopeful, if not terribly optimistic, needs. 

1. Sooner processor

Apple iPad Pro 2018 chip

First launched in 2018 in new iPad Professionals, the A12X is a way more highly effective chip than the present A10X.

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As a sooner processor is almost a given in any refresh of Apple’s {hardware}, the latest rumors have Apple bumping the present field’s A10X chip as much as a extra succesful A12X or even an A14

Whereas doubtlessly not as highly effective because the A13 Bionic processor discovered within the iPhone 11 line and the iPhone SE, the A12X is similar kind of processor Apple used within the 2018 iPad Pros. Contemplating that Apple touted the chip as being capable of providing graphics that rivaled the Xbox One S when it launched that iPad Pro, this might be an enormous increase for builders trying to push their Arcade video games onto a much bigger display.  

Apple’s latest chip, the A14 Bionic, in the meantime, is in the forthcoming iPad Air and can be the processor class that’s anticipated to be inside the brand new iPhones. It displaying up in a brand new replace would do loads to point out that Apple is de facto critical in regards to the Apple TV as a {hardware} platform. 

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2. Higher distant


A brand new distant could be nice on an up to date Apple TV. 

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The Apple TV’s distant is ultrasleek and fashionable, with a premium look that matches the $180 beginning value the Apple TV 4K nonetheless instructions. Whereas I do not thoughts the Lightning cable charging (although USB-C could be nice) and the distant is without doubt one of the few locations the place I respect Siri, the touchpad drives me nuts. 

I typically discover the distant lags or overshoots the place I would like it to go no matter whether or not I am coming into textual content, scrolling by way of apps or enjoying a recreation. I simply want for a easy directional pad like Amazon’s Fireplace TV or Roku’s bins or, sure, the now-discontinued third-generation Apple TV. Rumors suggest a new remote is within the works, however what that appears like stays unknown. 

Whereas we’re at it, including IR help along with CEC for controlling AV tools could be helpful. Roku and Fireplace TV remotes can management nearly any TV’s quantity and energy utilizing infrared instructions, permitting you to ditch your TV distant solely. Apple must do the identical factor.

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3. UWB help for locating misplaced remotes 


Apple touting the advantages of its extremely wideband chip for AirDrop.


Apple added what it calls a U1 chip to the iPhone 11 line final yr, although it has but to totally element the chip’s capabilities. Taking benefit of what’s generally known as Ultra Wide Band technology, the chip is designed to assist with spatial consciousness for monitoring misplaced objects. The expertise is rumored to be key to Apple’s long-expected Tile-like Apple Tag trackers, which might lastly seem subsequent week. 

Apple describes the tech on its iPhone 11 web page as “GPS on the scale of your lounge” so why not add the performance into the Apple TV and its new distant that can assist you discover the inevitable misplaced distant in your lounge? On the very least it provides Apple a solution to Roku, which has had a much less flashy however nonetheless sensible distant finder — the clicker emits a sound till you unearth it from the sofa cushions — on its premium Extremely bins for years. 

4. A less expensive Apple TV streaming stick

Given how lengthy it takes Apple to come back out with new streaming {hardware}, one refresh in 2020 would already be a long-overdue win, and asking for 2 could be pushing it. However since this can be a want checklist, right here goes.

In terms of streaming, low-cost sticks from Roku and Amazon, in addition to Chromecasts from Google, have been extremely well-liked with folks trying to increase the capabilities of their nonsmart TVs. A inexpensive, maybe slimmed-down model of the Apple TV would give Apple a brand new strategy to get folks into its ecosystem, offering one other avenue not only for streaming Apple TV Plus exhibits (since Apple’s streaming service is already on Roku and Amazon’s respective platforms) but additionally a method into Arcade, Apple Music and Health Plus, which Apple is hoping will assist drive people toward its Apple One bundle

Add in AirPlay, which Apple already has expanded to help the newest TVs from Samsung, LG, Vizio and Sony, and you may have a compelling strategy to increase the walled backyard that’s Apple’s ecosystem for individuals who aren’t desirous about shopping for a brand new TV. And $50 feels like a great value to me.

That AirPlay will soon be coming to Roku TVs and 4K streaming players makes it much more essential for Apple so as to add a less expensive Apple TV possibility if desires to noticeably compete on this area.

That is my want checklist. If there’s something you’d prefer to see in a brand new Apple TV machine, let me know within the feedback.

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