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Next Apple TV refresh could see it pick up an A14 SoC, HomePod could get a Google Nest Hub makeover

Apple TV could be about to give Nintendo some headaches if it picks up an A14 SoC as rumored. (Source: Apple)
Apple TV could be about to give Nintendo some headaches if it picks up an A14 SoC as rumored. (Source: Apple)
The next Apple TV refresh looks set to bring with it Apple’s next-generation A14 SoC according to a fresh rumor. Also on the cards is an Apple HomePod with a display along the lines of a Google Nest Hub and Amazon Echo Show after code examinations shows that Apple has switch to tvOS for the HomePod operating system.
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A new report has pointed to some interesting possibilities for Apple’s TV STB and its HomePod this year. It’s been a while since both products have been refreshed and apparently Apple hasn’t been idle in the interim. According to 9to5Mac’s sources, the Apple TV update will bring with it Apple’s next-generation A14 SoC, which is the same chipset expected to appear in the iPhone 12 later this year.

Why would Apple want to stick such a powerful chip in its streaming box? Likely its graphics performance, which will be in the same ballpark as the PS4 Pro (it’s A12X and A12Z are already as powerful as a regular Xbox One S). Apple has been slowly showing an increased interest in expanding its mobile gaming empire and while competing directly with the next-gen PlayStation and Xbox mightn’t be on the cards, Nintendo might want to look over its shoulder.

The same report also notes that Apple has switched the software on the HomePod from iOS to tvOS. As Apple has with its forked version of iOS for iPad, now called iPadOS, you can expect that this swtich is significant. The most obvious reason for such a switch that we can think of is that Apple is looking to launch a Google Nest Hub and Amazon Echo Show competitor (HomePod Hub?). A HomePod mini is also on the cards too, based on code snippets.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1316 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-04-15 (Update: 2020-04-15)