‘Apple TV 6’ Will Double the Storage, Add New ‘Kids Mode’

Yolanda Curtis
March 26, 2020

The big draw here, of course, is extra space for all those Apple Arcade titles.

It'll likely include Apple's newer A12 chip too, a significant improvement on the current A10 fusion processor and an inclusion that will be of particular interest to gamers.

Apple is also expected to bring Screen Time to tvOS.

Apple last updated the Apple TV back in 2017, but unlike the iPhone, Apple doesn't tend to stick to the same release schedule with the Apple TV.

A possible new update for tv OS could include interesting features. That has been ramped up further recently, with Apple randomly releasing new products like the iPad Pro 2020 and MacBook Air 2020 via press release with very little fanfare, and although some expect this is to do with Coronavirus, it's something Apple has been doing for a couple of years now. While we had still hoped to see one a bit sooner - the Apple TV 4K is now nearly three years old - sources say that Apple isn't expected to even announced the new set-top box until November or December.

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. However, we're finally starting to see some rumors about the next version of Apple TV and tvOS. As reported by 9to5Mac, the beta code revealed a new Apple TV with codename "T1125", with the T representing an internal model - probably a prototype - that isn't quite ready for prime time just yet.

Apple plans to add new features like Kid Mode and Screen Time options to a future version of tvOS, according to the Israeli site.

In terms of the Apple TV hardware's aesthetic, no major redesign of the unit is planned, although the remote will apparently receive an overhaul - a sensible move (Google is also improving the remote for its Chromecast Ultra Android streamer). What this means is users will be able to create a separate account for their kids and control which applications can be used on those accounts.

Screen Time Management, which is another expected feature coming to tvOS 14, will be applied for both regular users and Kids Mode. Meanwhile, the Apple TV+ is supposedly getting reworked with an increased focus on content.

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