Apple Releases tvOS 13.4 for Fourth and Fifth-Generation Apple TV Models

Joanna Estrada
March 26, 2020

It is expected that this has been done to accommodate more Apple Arcade titles.

It'll likely include Apple's newer A12 chip too, a significant improvement on the current A10 fusion processor and an inclusion that will be of particular interest to gamers. Such an upgrade strategy may also be based on the consideration of Apple Arcade.

Apple is set to release the next generation of its Apple TV hardware, according to new rumours, and there's an update on the way for tvOS that'll make parents' lives a whole lot easier.

"In the storage area, Apple is expected to abandon the 32 GB version so that the initial storage volume will be 64 GB and reach up to 128 GB", the website reported, but gave no specific evidence from sources confirming this news.

In terms of availability, we might expect the new Apple TV hardware sometime before the end of the year but, owing to these uncertain times, we'd take it as a soft deadline rather than set in stone. This puts the Apple TV comfortably at the high-end of the market, with key rivals like the 4K HDR-enabled Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K retailing at £49/$49, and you can pick up a Google Chromecast Ultra for £69/$69.

While we'd love to say that the Apple TV 2020 will be cheaper than the current range, we highly doubt Apple will drop the price. After all, it offers the fourth-gen Apple TV for £149/$149 and that, in Apple's eyes, is the budget-friendly option. However, we're finally starting to see some rumors about the next version of Apple TV and tvOS. From a deign perspective, the set top box won't be changing much - of at all - but the remote is getting a makeover.

Although Apple introduced support for multiple profiles in tvOS 13 a year ago (something that The Verifier also originally predicted), and the Apple TV has long supported parental controls, Apple didn't go quite so far as to integrate the two features. The idea is that parents can create separate accounts for the kids with finer controls over the apps that can be accessed. As for this year's tvOS, 14 may also introduce new features of "Child Mode" and "Screen Time Management".

The Screen Time feature would also let users keep track of how much time they're watching TV. The Verifier report mentions that the company is working on "redesigned Apple TV+ with a greater focus on content", but there is no information available on this as of yet.

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