It took Apple more than three years to release the 4th generation Apple TV, but the company’s next streaming box could arrive a lot sooner. A new report claims the 5th generation device is already in testing and likely to launch next year.
According to DigiTimes, production on the alleged new Apple TV will begin in early 2016. The upgraded streaming box will apparently add a more powerful processor to improve performance and a “heat-dissipation solution” to compensate for the extra power. It could also introduce new functions that go beyond what you’d expect from a typical set top box.
That last bit is particularly interesting. It could be a reference to Apple’s long-rumored plans for streaming live TV. If that’s the case, then it’s possible the company’s current streaming box won’t support the service, which could be bad news for anyone who already ran out to buy the latest Apple TV.
Then again, DigiTimes doesn’t exactly have the best track record, so we’d treat this rumor with suspicion for now. Considering how long it took to release the current Apple TV, it could be years before a new one launches. In the meantime, there’s no reason not to pick up the current model if you need a new set top box right now.