Gurman: Apple Has New Apple TV, HomePod, And Multiple M2 Macs In The Works
Apple reportedly still has plenty of new products in the works with five new M2-powered Macs set to be joined by a new Apple TV.
A refreshed HomePod is also thought to be something Apple is working on, although that might need to wait until next year.
Writing in his weekly Power On newsletter, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says that Apple is working on a new Apple TV device that will be powered by the A14 chip and an extra 1GB of RAM. That will be an upgrade over the current A12 chip that is used in the Apple TV and will allow for improved gaming performance, among other things.
The new Apple TV, code-named J255, is in development with an A14 chip and an additional gigabyte of RAM. That compares with the A12 chip announced as part of the 2021 Apple TV last year and could be useful for additional gaming capabilities rolling out in tvOS 16.
The same report also claims that Apple is working on a replacement for the original HomePod that was discontinued a while ago. The new speaker is set to use the same S8 chip as the upcoming Apple Watch SE and Apple Watch Series 8, while it could also gain an improved display and support for multi-touch.
The HomePod, code-named B620, will run the same S8 chip coming to the watches and will be closer to the original HomePod in terms of size and audio performance rather than a new HomePod mini. The new HomePod will have an updated display on top and there’s even been some talk of multi-touch functionality.
The report also goes into detail bout the Macs Apple is working on, with five new M2-powered machines still being developed including the powerhouse that will be the new Mac Pro.
The upcoming M2 machines include:
an M2 Mac mini.
an M2 Pro Mac mini.
M2 Pro and M2 Max 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros.
the M2 Ultra and M2 Extreme Mac Pro.
There is still no public release schedule for any of those machines, however.
Apple announced the new M2 chip alongside the refreshed MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, the latter of which went on sale last week.