Published: Thu, March 26, 2020
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

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

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

From a deign perspective, the set top box won't be changing much - of at all - but the remote is getting a makeover.

The next update to tvOS might bring a whole host of new features including a Kids Mode and Screen Time options that will make it easier for parents to control what their kids can watch on Apple TV. The big draw here, of course, is extra space for all those Apple Arcade titles. While the current generation of Apple TV 4K includes storage options of 32GB or 64GB, the next generation is apparently going to be doubled to 64GB and 128GB.

The first hint about the existence of a new Apple TV came with the release of the tvOS 13.4 beta code.

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. There will reportedly be various restriction options available to the parents to control the content that is being watched, along with the viewing time.

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Screen Time Management, which is another expected feature coming to tvOS 14, will be applied for both regular users and Kids Mode. For all intents and purposes, it sounds like this will be similar to the feature introduced in iOS 12 for the iPhone and iPad, although it's not yet clear exactly how parents will be able to lock the system down to prevent kids from switching to an adult profile. It is expected to have a new kid friendly design as well. Signs of a new pleApple TV‌ have been popping up on iOS versions for months, suggesting we'll see it before the end of 2020.

Apple is reportedly working on a new Apple TV media player as well as adding several new features to tvOS 14.

The report further corroborates previous rumors we've seen regarding new Apple TV hardware. This seems unusually late - Apple nearly never holds events in November, much less December - however it's conceivably possible Apple could plan to tie it in somehow with the first anniversary of its Apple TV+ service, or it may simply be a matter of the Apple TV still being a much lower priority than everything else that Apple has going on, not to mention continuing delays related to the worldwide novel coronavirus pandemic.

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