When Apple TV has been brought up lately, its mostly been to talk about Apple TV+ and all of the content rolling out on Apple's new streaming platform. The 32GB storage option is reportedly going away and will be replaced with a 64GB storage option.
Now a new exclusive report from Israeli site The Verifier (Google Translate) in collaboration with YouTube channel iUpdate is claiming that the new "Apple TV 6" will double the storage capacity of the previous models while also introducing new "Kids Mode" and Screen Time features. It's also claimed that Apple is working on a "redesigned Apple TV+ with a greater focus on content" but key details of the redesign are unclear right now.
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.
That disclaimer aside, the site claims that the next tvOS release will allow Apple TV owners to create a dedicate Kids Mode which will naturally come with restrictions as to what type of content can be selected and viewed. Similar to Screen Time feature already available on the iPhone and iPad, the next iteration of tvOS will allow users to see how much time they've spent viewing content on apps like Netflix and how long they've spent playing games on Apple Arcade.
While the code didn't reveal the specifics of the unannounced Apple TV, it did suggest that the new hardware would be based on the arm64e architecture - the same as what's used in the A12 and A13 Bionic chipsets, representing a huge step forward from the ageing A10 Fusion chip found in the Apple TV 4K.
The Screen Time feature would also let users keep track of how much time they're watching TV.
Don't expect Apple to drop the price of the Apple TV 4K when the new model comes out either - we fully expect Apple to drop the current 4K from its lineup, keeping the older fourth-gen Apple TV as a cheaper alternative.
This also happens to be the timeline that The Verifier has pegged for the new set-top box to make its debut.
In tvOS 14, Apple reportedly plans to give parents new controls over what their children watch on Apple TV devices. While there is no official fixed date for the launch, it is being said that Apple will launch the new Apple TV hardware towards the end of the year.