The Latest Apple TV 5 Rumors

All the news about what the Apple TV 5th generation will deliver

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Details on the Apple TV 4K​

The next-generation of the Apple TV has been released in the form of the Apple TV 4K. That device includes a number of features that had been rumored, including 4K video support and faster performance. For more on the upgraded set-top box, Compare Every Model of the Apple TV.

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Our new golden age of television is being driven in part by Netflix, Amazon, and Apple (along with plenty of others) pouring billions into new and award-winning shows.

Most of these shows are only available via streaming and you need to get a device from Roku, Amazon, or Apple to enjoy them.

The current Apple TV was last updated in September 2015 and is referred to as the the Apple TV (4th Generation). While Apple has yet to announced the Apple TV 5, the rumor mill is churning with ideas of what it will offer and when we’ll be able to get our hands on one.

What To Expect from the Apple TV 5th Generation 

  • 4K Resolution
  • Deeper Siri Integration
  • Subscription TV Service
  • HomeKit Hub
  • Faster Performance
  • Increased Storage Capacity 

Expected Apple TV Release Date: Late 2017
Expected Price: $149-$199

More Information on the Next-Generation Apple TV Rumors

4K is the new standard in high-definition video. The current top-level resolution, 1080p, is a 1920x1080 image. On the other hand, 4K is 3840x2160, twice the resolution of 1080p. Needless to say, 4K delivers a much more detailed and rich picture.

The 4K standard is becoming more and more common, with many HDTVs now offering it and streaming services like Netflix offering at least some of their catalogs in the resolution. Given that it's so clearly the next step in TV resolution, it would be a big surprise if Apple doesn't include it in the next-generation Apple TV.

Deeper Siri Integration

The 4th Generation Apple TV already supports Siri—it's how you can search for movies and TV shows by voice—but expect the Apple TV 5 to do a lot more with Siri. Apple's HomePod intelligent speaker provides a good idea of what improved Siri features in an Apple TV might look like. Beyond just searching for content, Siri in Apple TV 5 could allow you to control HomeKit-compatible device by voice, ask your Apple TV for sports scores or weather forecasts, and even let developers add third-party voice apps.

Subscription TV Service

There have been rumors for years that Apple will deliver a streaming video service that would allow users to subscribe only to the cable channels that they watch. With that, you could finally say goodbye to paying for a bundle of channels that you don't want, as cable companies require today.

The feature hasn't debuted yet, but the launch of the Apple TV 5 could be the perfect time to unveil it. When it was last discussed, service was thought to offer a package of 25+ channels, headlined by networks like ABC, CBS, and Fox, for $30-$40/month.

HomeKit Hub

HomeKit is Apple's platform for connecting Internet of Things devices like thermostats, light bulbs, and door bells and letting them be controlled by the iPhone or iPad.

The Apple TV 4 has some HomeKit features, but a house that's totally networked with these devices usually requires a hub to coordinate and control them all. Rumor has it that the Apple TV 5 will include a built-in HomeKit hub, making it easier to control these devices.

Faster Performance

The Apple TV 4 is plenty snappy in terms of performance, whether you're streaming video or playing games. Apple has made big strides in the performance of the A-series processors used in the iPhone and iPad since the Apple TV was released, so you should expect the Apple TV 5 to benefit from those chips. A speedier processor will come in most handy with games, where the Apple TV will deliver performance that begins to rival some dedicated gaming consoles.

Increased Storage Capacity

While not a major upgrade, storage-capacity increases are common with new generations of Apple products. The Apple TV 4 offers 32GB and 64GB of storage. As games and apps become ever-more-hungry for storage, expect the Apple TV 5 to offer something like 64GB and 128GB of storage.