It appears that the Apple TV 4K is receiving a facelift, with one of the industry’s top analysts forecasting that a less expensive model will be released in the second half of 2022 – though it’s unclear what that model will look like.
A cheaper Apple TV is expected to be launched later this year
It’s probable that the new box will be a replacement for the Apple TV HD, which was released in 2015 and is still available for $149 / £139 / AU$209 at the time of writing, compared to a starting price of $179 / £169 / AU$249 for the Apple TV 4K.
This information comes from Ming-Chi Kuo, a reliable source for Apple leaks. The last time Apple updated its media streaming gadget was in April 2021, when it received a speedier processor and a revamped remote control.
Kuo doesn’t offer any details about the next device, only saying that it will appear in the second half of this year and that it will improve “cost structure” – so it’s possible that we’ll get a smaller streaming stick like the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.
The Kuo tweet does mention Apple’s renewed focus on content and services, and whatever new piece of hardware we get will of course be used to push Apple TV Plus out to more subscribers (and may well come with a free trial of the service).
We’re assuming that it’s going to support 4K resolutions – what with it being 2022 and everything – and it seems a given that all the usual Apple technologies will be built in, including AirPlay for beaming content over from an iPhone or a Mac.
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