What to Expect from the New 5th Generation Apple TV on September 12

A new 5th-generation, 4K Apple TV is expected to be unveiled at Apple's upcoming September 12 event. In anticipation of this announcement, we've compiled a roundup of some of the primary features we think will most likely be included in the new Apple TV.

It's been almost exactly two years since Apple introduced the 4th generation Apple TV. It would seem that now is the perfect time for Apple to update this product, especially considering the increasingly stiff competition that Apple is facing from the likes of Roku, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV, all of which offer competitive content, 4K HDR support, and significantly lower price points.

The fact of the matter is that code relating to the 5th generation Apple TV has been turning up in developer logs and upcoming beta versions of software and firmware, so it cetainly seems as if the product's launch is imminent. We are expecting great things from the new Apple TV, and the onus is on Apple to deliver a device that is both competitive and worth the relatively premium price tag that it will carry.

New Apple TV Release Date and Cost

We suspect the 5th generation Apple TV will probably become available to the public sometime in October. While it's hard to predict the exact pricing of the new Apple TV, it's possible that pricing for it will begin at just under $200 and go up from there, depending on the size of the hard drive. It's practically a given that the current 4th generation Apple TV will also remain available for purchase alongside the new Apple TV as Apple's entry-level device, and that its price will drop substantially, perhaps to just shy of $100.

New and Upgraded Features Under the Hood of the Fifth Generation Apple TV

  • Improved hardware: We will most likely see an entry level 32 GB model along with 64 GB and 128 GB models. Along with increased hard drive capacity, expect to see a faster processor, such as the A10 Fusion currently being used in the iPhone 7.

  • 4K HDR support: An abundance of evidence points to the new Apple TV offering support for 4K and HDR video, a feature long overdue, considering the older iPhone 6s shoots in 4K and the Apple TV's closest competitors all support 4K and HDR video. The introduction and requirements of 4K HDR capabilities lends credence to the rumors of significantly increased hard drive space, as 4K and HDR videos and movies (not to mention Hi-Res games) will eat up more disk space.

  • Upgrades to tvOS: First introduced in 2015 alongside the Apple TV App Store and the fourth generation Apple TV, tvOS is the TV version of iOS. Now, two years later we are prepared to see the next iteration of tvOS. The beta for tvOS 11 was released back at WWDC 2017 and it will likely go live alongside iOS 11.

  • Apple TV as a Hub for Siri and SmartHome Integration: It's being speculated that the new Apple TV will support Apple's Home app and potentially allow for HomeKit control. The fifth generation Apple TV could effectively become your hub for a Siri controlled smart home, allowing it to instantly compete with the likes of Google Home and Amazon Echo.

  • Content: It's possible that we'll see Amazon's Prime video app (a highly requested addition to Apple TV content) become available as an app on the Apple TV, perhaps as early as September 12. We are also anticipating announcements of new, original content from Apple and possibly bundled subscription options for cord-cutting subscribers.

  • Games: With increased hard drive storage and a increased maximum app size cap (from 200 MB up to 4 GB, with a 20 GB On-Demand allowance) we can expect to see game developers tapping into the inherent potential of the Apple TV as a game console, delivering games that could rival the best that Playstation, Nintendo, and Xbox have to offer.

Stay tuned to iPhone Life for our real-time coverage of Apple's upcoming September 12 event, live from the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple's brand new Cupertino campus.

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Dig Om

As Senior Gear Editor at iPhone Life, Dig reports on the latest and greatest accessories built for the iOS ecosystem. From rugged gear and Bluetooth speakers, to headphones, unique iDevice cases, and iOS remote controlled vehicles, Dig's articles cover a wide range of great gear for the iPhone and iPad. A core gamer for over three decades, Dig also writes iPhone Life's Game Centered column, which focuses on the best iOS games and game related news. Additionally, Dig's company, iDoc Tech Support, offers web design and administration services as well as iPhone and iPad repairs. When not at his work desk, Dig loves spending time with family and enjoying the wonders of nature. You can follow him on Twitter @idoctech