Apple TV specs
Following its predecessors, the new Apple TV will be packed with hardware upgrades and apps to support it.
It will include the A12X Bionic chipset used in the 2018 iPad Pro. That chipset is almost as fast as the 2020 iPad Pro (it has one less GPU core, so seven instead of eight). It’ll actually outperform the 2018 iPad Pro thanks to improved cooling.
Two storage configurations
The Apple TV will be introduced with two storage configurations. The storage will be double that of the last generation and options are now 64GB or 128 GB.
How much you’ll need depends on what you will use the device for. If you are a gamer, you’ll fill up the space more quickly than if you only watch movies and TV shows as they are streamed on demand.
Apps will take up some space, but considering a popular app like Netflix only takes up 16MB, you’ll likely never have storage issues due to apps.
Apple also integrated a smart feature called App Thinning. It limits initial app downloads to 200 MB with an additional 2GB limit for any app extras. So if a game is 5GB total, App Thinning will download the game in increments as you progress through it.
Why a faster chipset?
Of course, the previous Apple TV 4K A10X Fusion chipset was easily able to stream 4K HDR content, so you may ask “why the need for an even faster chipset?”.
What could be cooler than watching 4K HDR?…well, of course, that’d be watching 4K HDR with Augmented Reality.