Faster Apple TV could get ‘upgraded’ remote with Find My feature

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But it may not come until 2021.
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Apple’s next-generation Apple TV could debut with an “upgraded” remote and a Find My remote feature, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

The new set-top box is also expected to be faster than previous models “for improved gaming.” But sources familiar with its development say we may not get our hands on it until next year.

The most recent Apple TV runs on a snappy A10X chip that makes navigating between streaming services a breeze. But when it comes to playing games, there’s room for improvement.

That A10X chip is a slouch compared to newer chips inside the latest iPhone and iPad models. It could soon make way for beefier internals that make Apple TV a better option for living room gaming sessions.

Apple TV set for a speed boost

“Apple has also been developing a new Apple TV box with a faster processor for improved gaming and an upgraded remote control,” reports Bloomberg, citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans.

“The company is working on a feature for the new remote similar to Find My iPhone that would make the TV accessory easier to find.”

One of the downsides to the Apple TV remote’s sleek design, aside from the fact that it’s not always clear how to hold it, is that it’s easy to misplace. It has no issues slipping down between couch cushions.

The ability to locate a lost remote using Apple’s existing Find My app is a feature long-time Apple TV fans will certainly be pleased to see. There’s no other word on how the remote might improve, however.

Smaller HomePod, too, but we’ll probably have to wait

These all sound like exciting developments for Apple TV, but we’ll probably need to wait a while for them. Bloomberg warns that the next-generation box might not ship until sometime next year.

In the same report, Bloomberg also says Apple is developing a smaller, more affordable HomePod. It will come with fewer speakers than today’s model, and will focus more on smart home functionality.