Rumor: the next Apple TV to double the storage, tvOS adding Screen Time & Kids Mode

iOS 13.4 spelunking previously discovered evidence of a supposed hardware refresh for the Apple TV media streamer, allegedly centered around a faster chip and a redesigned Apple TV remote. And now, a fresh new rumor has it that the device will double its storage while the tvOS software is expected to pick up several new features, including Screen Time and Kids Mode.

The rumor was shared by The Verifier and YouTube channel iUpdate.

Doubling the storage is a no-brainer as the current model comes in 32GB and 64GB flavor.

That’s hardly enough to install all Apple Arcade titles, let alone use other apps while enjoying generous media caching when using video-streaming apps. But that’s set to change as the today’s report claims that the Apple TV’s storage capacity will jump to 64GB and 128GB.

As for the underlying tvOS operating system, rumor apparently has it that Apple is bringing Screen Time to the Apple TV devices following the feature’s initial debut in iOS and subsequent expansion to macOS. As for the aforementioned Kids Mode, it would let parents set up a separate account for their kids and be able to control which apps kids are allowed to use.

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By the way, the report also mentioned that a “redesigned Apple TV+ with a greater focus on content” is in the works, but without elaborating any further than that.

It’s not clear whether the rumored Screen Time and Kids Mode features might be coming to tvOS 14 this year or via a later update. Because the story claims that the new Apple TV model will arrive before the end of 2020, we think it’s fairly safe to assume that the new Screen Time and Kids Mode features will be arriving to the Apple TV as part of the tvOS 14 update.

9to5Mac reminds us that The Verifier previously accurately reported on certain details about Apple’s unreleased hardware and software, “but its timing has sometimes proven to be off.”

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