Apple is reportedly working on a next-generation Apple TV device that incorporates a novel remote control location feature similar to the company’s Find My hardware technology.
According to Bloomberg, the new Apple TV will benefit from a faster processor designed to improve the gaming experience.
In addition to beefier silicon, the set-top box is expected to ship with a new feature that helps users find the accompanying remote control. Described as similar to Find My iPhone, the function could in theory enable location of the accessory through sound or vibratory alerts. Alternatively, the feature might integrate a form of Apple’s rumored “AirTags” location tracking technology that uses UWB signals to locate Tile-like devices in augmented reality.
Apple last updated its Apple TV platform with Apple TV 4K in 2017. The current hardware is powered by an A10X Fusion chip for streaming high-resolution content and playing basic games. Current storage capacities are locked in at 32GB and 64GB, while the included Siri Remote controls the streamer through both physical touch and voice commands.
Today’s report fails to offer specifics on the coming hardware, though it does say the device could launch in 2021. Previous rumors support the claims, with leaker Jon Prosser in August saying the device will be powered by an A12Z chip and feature a new controller. Apple is also said to be working on a first-party gaming controller to support Apple Arcade.