My Apple TV 4K wishlist: four issues I need to see in a 2020 refresh


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As Apple’s annual WWDC is about to kick off per week any more June 22, rumors are circulating about what new {hardware} may make an look alongside new iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS and tvOS software program. One candidate due for an improve is the Apple TV 4K

First launched two and a half years in the past, in September 2017, it has been far too lengthy since Apple gave it media streamer a correct improve, one thing that is turn into clearer within the particularly fast-paced world of streaming. Apple has concentrated its updates on providers within the meantime, rolling out Apple TV Plus, overhauling the Apple TV app to incorporate iTunes and creating an all-new gaming platform in Apple Arcade. However its flagship TV field has remained unchanged whereas opponents akin to Roku, Amazon’s Hearth TV and Google energy an rising quantity of new TV units.

As ordinary with Apple, rumors of a refresh are at all times 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. 

Sooner processor

Apple iPad Pro 2018 chip

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

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A close to given in any refresh of Apple’s {hardware}, the newest rumors have Apple bumping the present field’s A10X chip as much as a extra succesful A12X. 

Whereas probably not as highly effective because the A13 Bionic processor discovered within the iPhone 11 line and iPhone SE, the A12X is similar sort of processor Apple used within the 2018 iPad Execs. Contemplating that Apple touted the chip as being able to offering graphics that rivaled the Xbox One S when it launched that iPad Professional, this might be a giant increase for builders trying to push their Arcade video games onto an even bigger display screen.  

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Higher distant


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

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The Apple TV’s distant is extremely modern and fashionable, with a premium look that matches the $180 beginning worth the Apple TV 4K nonetheless instructions. Whereas I do not thoughts the Lightning cable charging (although USB-C can be nice) and the distant is among the few locations the place I recognize Siri, the touchpad drives me nuts. 

I typically discover the distant lagging or overshooting the place I need it to go no matter whether or not I am coming into textual content, scrolling by means of apps or enjoying a sport. I simply want for a easy directional pad like Amazon’s Hearth TV or Roku’s containers or, sure, the now-discontinued third-generation Apple TV. Rumors recommend a brand new distant is within the works, however what that appears like stays unknown. 

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

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UWB assist for locating misplaced remotes 


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


Apple added what it calls a “U1” chip into the iPhone 11 line final yr, although it has but to completely element the chip’s capabilities. Taking benefit of what’s often known as extremely wideband know-how, the chip is designed to assist with spatial consciousness permitting you to pinpoint precisely the place a misplaced merchandise is. The know-how can be rumored to be key to Apple’s long-expected Tile-like Apple Tag trackers

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 new distant that will help you discover the inevitable misplaced distant in your lounge? On the very least it offers Apple a solution to Roku, which has had a much less flashy however nonetheless sensible distant finder — the place the clicker emits a sound till you unearth it from the sofa cushions — on its premium Extremely containers for years. 

Want: A less expensive Apple TV streaming stick

Given how lengthy it takes Apple to return out with new streaming {hardware}, one refresh in 2020 would already be a long-overdue win, and asking for 2 can be pushing it. However since this can be a wishlist, 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 individuals trying to increase the capabilities of their nonsmart TVs. A cheaper, maybe slimmed-down model of the Apple TV would give Apple a brand new solution to get individuals into its ecosystem, offering one other avenue for not simply streaming Apple TV Plus reveals (since Apple’s streaming service is already on Roku and Amazon’s respective platforms) but in addition a approach into Arcade, Apple Music and iTunes. 

Add in AirPlay, which Apple already has expanded to assist the most recent TVs from Samsung, LG, Vizio and Sony, and you can have a compelling solution to increase the walled backyard that’s Apple’s ecosystem for individuals who aren’t concerned with shopping for a brand new TV. And $50 appears like a great worth to me.

That is my wishlist. 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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