New Apple TV Rumored to Launch in 2022 With These Four Features

Back in May, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that a new Apple TV would be released in the second half of 2022. Last month, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman also said that a new Apple TV was "getting closer" and "could potentially launch this year."

apple tv 4k design triad
With a new version of the Apple TV potentially on the horizon, here are four rumored features and changes for the streaming box.

  • Faster chip: Gurman said the new Apple TV will be equipped with an A14 Bionic chip, which is also found in all iPhone 12 models and the fourth-generation iPad Air. The upgraded chip will result in faster performance across apps and games compared to the current Apple TV 4K with an A12 Bionic chip.
  • Increased RAM: The next Apple TV will also have an increased 4GB of RAM, up from 3GB in the current Apple TV 4K, according to Gurman. The memory boost would contribute to faster performance and responsiveness.
  • New version of Siri Remote: In the iOS 16 beta, code-level references to a new and unreleased version of the Siri Remote for the Apple TV were discovered. It's unclear what new features the updated remote would have, but many customers are hoping for U1 chip integration for Find My support.
  • Lower price: The new Apple TV will have an improved cost structure, according to Kuo, which could result in a lower price for customers. The current Apple TV 4K starts at $179 with 32GB of storage, while the older Apple TV HD remains available for $149. By comparison, there are many streaming sticks from brands like Chromecast and Roku available for as low as $25 to $50.

The current Apple TV 4K was announced in April 2021 and released a month later. It's uncommon for the Apple TV to receive a hardware refresh in back-to-back years, so a 2023 launch might be more likely than 2022, but Kuo and Gurman are both reputable sources and rumors suggest that the new model would be a minor update.

Gurman believes that an Apple Event is unlikely this October, so the new Apple TV would likely be announced with a press release if it is released in 2022.

Related Roundup: Apple TV
Buyer's Guide: Apple TV (Buy Now)

Top Rated Comments

ian87w Avatar
9 months ago
It feels like Apple has lost its original vision/purpose for the Apple TV (remaking the remote dozen of times does not mean you know what you're doing). I mean what does Apple want? More people subscribing to AppleTV+? Yet they don't even want to sell a basic AppleTV for $99 (or even $49), making it like they want good margins on the hardware. But ironically they are putting Apple TV app on other platforms like Android TV devices.

Apple started Apple Arcade, making it seems like they want to go into gaming console route. But then it seems like it's not going anywhere, with developers starting to get disinterested. How about a smart home hub? They are not even integrating the homepod well, and they discontinued their router lineup, which is the heart of any home networking.

What does Apple really want? As a consumer, I'm totally confused.

I guess we will never see what Jobs' had said in one of the interviews that he "cracked it." Seems like whatever Jobs was thinking, it got lost in translation somewhere.
Score: 73 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jetjaguar Avatar
9 months ago
Just allow audio pass thru already
Score: 49 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mr-Stabby Avatar
9 months ago
They desperately need a cheaper Apple TV. Just for Apple TV+ and basic Airplay features. Even the current HD version is way too expensive.
Score: 40 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cromulent Avatar
9 months ago
I love my AppleTV 4k, but I'm not sure I need to upgrade. 4k at 60Hz is good enough for me, as I just use it as a streaming box. The new remote would have to be something special to entice me into upgrading, and since I don't play games, the amount of RAM and CPU speed doesn't bother me.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Love-hate ? relationship Avatar
9 months ago
How about better Dolby vision profiles support ,and hdr10+?
Score: 27 Votes (Like | Disagree)
k27 Avatar
9 months ago
HDMI 2.1 adaptive sync - PLEASE!

HDMI adaptive sync should eliminate the switching time when changing frame rates if the TV supports it. That would be a clear improvement.
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)