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Rumour suggests updated Apple TV 4K with A12X chip on the horizon

By Ng Chong Seng - on 9 May 2020, 12:29pm

Rumour suggests updated Apple TV 4K with A12X chip on the horizon

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According to well-known leaker Jon Prosser, Apple is ‘ready to ship’ an updated Apple TV 4K set-top box sporting an Apple A12X chip and up to 128GB storage.

Rumours of a new Apple TV 4K aren’t exactly new: in Feb when Apple released the first beta of tvOS 13.4, 9to5Mac found code that referenced a new Apple TV model. The files suggested that the new Apple TV uses the arm64e architecture, which is what’s used on the A12 and later A-series processors.

For what it’s worth, the A12X Bionic is an octa-core processor that first appeared in the 1st-gen 11-inch iPad Pro and 3rd-gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro. While the 1.5-year-old SoC is no longer used in Apple’s latest iPhones and iPads, it’s still mighty powerful for something like the Apple TV 4K.

Also, the current 5th-gen Apple TV 4K is released in end 2017 and uses the A10X Fusion. The A10X also appeared earlier in the 2nd-gen 12.9-inch iPad Pro — so if you follow the pattern, an A12X in the new Apple TV 4K makes sense.

Until that happens, the 5th-gen Apple TV 4K in 32GB and 64GB options are going for S$268 and S$298 respectively.

Source: Jon Prosser on Twitter.

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