Apple TV 6 may launch at Apple TV+ event in Q4 2021, ‘Apple Arcade+’ service in development

The rumor: Apple is preparing upgrades to Apple TV, tvOS and Apple Arcade in 2021, according to The Verifier (54.3% accurate).

For the next Apple TV:

  • New remote
  • Game controller in development
  • Processor faster than A12
  • 64/128GB storage (with higher tiers potentially coming in the future)
  • More than 3GB RAM
  • Launch at a TV+ event in the fourth quarter of 2021

Rumored details about ‘Apple Arcade+’:

  • “Preliminary details reveal that the company is in advanced contacts with major and well-known gaming players in order to offer their games outside of the Xbox, PlayStation and PC consoles” The Verifier says
  • The expanded service may launch as soon as later this year

And for the reported changes coming in tvOS 15:

  • Major design refresh; App Store will see upgraded UI
  • Kids mode with better parental controls
  • Screen Time
  • Upgraded broadcast schedule, improved recording management and channel subscription bundles

Our take: Wild to hear that the new Apple TV could still be 9 months away. Expecting some pretty big things from this 6th-gen version after seeing it delayed time and time again. As for Apple Arcade+, call me skeptical: I think we might see a price bump and I certainly see a future where AAA games make their way to the platform. But it would be a bit odd to have 2 different tiers.

iOS 15 to support iPhone 7 and newer

The news: Owners of iPhones with A9 chips won’t be getting iOS 15, according The Verifier (54.3% accurate).

  • iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE may no longer be supported with the launch of iOS 15 next year
  • An iPhone 7 or newer will likely be required to run the next major version of iOS
  • iOS 15 beta 1 could release as soon as June 2021, if Apple follows tradition

Our take: This is what I expected, and historically The Verifier gets this right. Apple technically should have cut off support for iPhone 6s and SE device this year, but gave them another year of life with iOS 14.

Rumor claims ‘iPhone Fold’ coming in 2022 for $1,499

The rumor: Apple isn’t just working on a foldable iPhone…it’s coming in 2022, according to The Verifier (53.2% accurate).

  • The starting price for the larger-screened iPhone may be just $1,499, with 256GB of base storage included
  • 8GB RAM is also rumored to be standard
  • It’s possible the introduction of this hybrid device could mark the end of the iPad mini

Our take: To say I’m highly skeptical of this information is an understatement. The Verifier is just over 50% accurate and on top of that, pricing information doesn’t usually leak out until months ahead of a product’s unveil…not years. All of this sounds realistic, and it may be real, but I have my doubts.

Apple October 2020 event leaderboard update

This is our biggest leaderboard update yet. While other products see rumors intermittently throughout the year, Apple’s biggest product, the iPhone, is relentlessly leaked week-by-week until the eventual Fall unveil. Following the October 13 event, here’s how iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and HomePod mini rearranged the source leaderboard.

Sources that increased

🏀 Mark Gurman: 87.8 ⮕ 88.3% accurate

  • +30 correct rumors
  • -2 incorrect claims

🧻 Jon Prosser: 74.5 ⮕ 85.2% accurate

  • +69 correct rumors
  • -6 incorrect claims

👨‍💻 Ming-Chi Kuo: 74.6 ⮕ 77.5% accurate

  • +19 correct rumors
  • -1 incorrect claims

🗞 WSJ: 76.7 ⮕ 77.4% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor

MacRumors: 69 ⮕ 70% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor

🧭 Macotakara: 66.7 ⮕ 69.6% accurate

  • +16 correct rumors
  • -5 incorrect claims

🍍 Max Weinbach: 63 ⮕ 67.1% accurate

  • +23 correct rumors
  • -8 incorrect claims

🔢 DigiTimes: 61.3 ⮕ 65% accurate

  • +14 correct rumors
  • -4 incorrect claims

🦅 Barclays: 57.9 ⮕ 64.5% accurate

  • +9 correct rumors
  • -3 incorrect claims

The Verifier: 51.3 ⮕ 51.9% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor

💵 Economic Daily News: 36.1 ⮕ 36.8% accurate

  • +1 correct rumor
  • -1 incorrect claim

Source(s) that stayed the same

🧧 Kang 康总: 97.8 ⮕ 97.8% accurate

  • +84 correct rumors
  • -2 incorrect claims

Sources that decreased

🌙 L0vetodream: 88.9 ⮕ 87.9% accurate

  • +32 correct rumors
  • – 5 incorrect claims

Note: As you may have noticed, no source is 100% accurate. That’s because all sources get some info right and some info wrong: do not harass anyone for their track record. The leaderboard functionality on AppleTrack is here only to help Apple enthusiasts better understand how likely a rumor really is.

As always, if you notice a discrepancy on someone’s record, let us know.

October 2020 leaderboard updates

Ahead of Apple’s rumored October Special Event, there have been a number of minor changes on the source leaderboard that are worth taking a look at.

🆕 October 6 update

Following the announcement of Apple’s October special event…

🧻 Jon Prosser: 72.7 ⮕ 73.9% accurate

October 3 updates

Some claims related to Apple’s September event that we’ve now graded.

📱 Jeff Pu: 71.4 ⮕ 62.5% accurate

The Verifier 51.4 ⮕ 51.3% accurate

October 1 updates

After reviewing a number of pages, we found some inconsistencies and have made corrections.

🏀 Mark Gurman: 87.7 ⮕ 87.8% accurate

🍍 Max Weinbach: 39.1 ⮕ 55.8% accurate

💛 iupdate: 100 ⮕ 75% accurate

Note: As you may have noticed, no source is perfect. That’s because even the best get some info right and some info wrong: do not harass anyone for their track record. The leaderboard functionality on AppleTrack is here only to help tech enthusiasts better understand how likely a rumor really is.

As always, if you notice a discrepancy on someone’s record, let us know.

iOS 14 to support same devices as iOS 13

The news: iOS 14 will likely support the device you’re holding in your hand right now, according to The Verifier.

  • iPhone 6s and SE aren’t getting cut off as expected this year

Our take: While a 42.5% accurate track record would make me call this into question, The Verifier did get device support for iOS 13 right last year. While 6s and SE users are in luck…this does make me question whether or not iOS 14 will be as big of an update as previously expected…