Several rumors have suggested that Apple is working on an updated Apple TV, and Fudge, a leak that goes by @choco_bit on Twitter, today shared some new information about what we can expect.
In a tweet, Fudge claims that Apple is preparing several new Apple TV receiver boxes, with a model with a variant of the A12 chip and one with an “A14X-like” chip. Fudge also mentions that a new controller is in the works, but it is unclear whether the tweet refers to an updated Siri Remote or a new, Apple-designed game controller.
Apple Arcade gets big money in it. There are currently titles in the works that aim to compete with Breath of the Wild, and that is why new A12X / Z AppleTV, “A14X-like” AppleTV and Controller are in the works. Some games require A13 and up to run 💁🏼♀️ – Fudge (@choco_bit) October 3, 2020
Fudge mentions that Apple is working with developers to bring console-level games to the Apple Arcade as a means of strengthening the gaming service. In particular, the tweet points out that some games will only be able to run on the A13 Bionic chip or later, so an upgraded Apple TV will be needed to access the new Apple Arcade add-ons.
Signs of a new Apple TV with an A12 bionic chip were unveiled in the iOS 13.4 beta in February. In addition to an updated processor and a “T1125” codename, previous rumors have suggested that the updated Apple TV may have higher capacity storage options of 64 and 128 GB.
Leaker Jon Prosser had previously suggested that the new Apple TV will be equipped with an A12X Bionic chip, while another rumor indicated that it will use an A14 chip, the same chip in the fourth generation iPad Air that is expected in 2020- iPhones.
Apple debuted its A14 Bionic chip along with the redesigned iPad Air at the “Time Flies” event in September, and new benchmarks indicate that the chip provides significant performance improvements over the previous A13 Bionic.