The new Apple TV 4K with its A12 Bionic was more than a disappointment as we expected beefy hardware, which would prove that the company takes gaming seriously. While it isn’t, it looks like a new rumor might give us some hope, but only a little. Apparently Apple is working on a portable hybrid console that will feature a brand new SoC, and with it we can expect performance improvements along the way.
Custom SoC for Rumored Handheld Hybrid Console May Support Spoke Tracking as well
An article spotted on the Korean community’s website Clien talks about Apple preparing for a Switch-like console. It was recently reported that Qualcomm is working on something similar, but many readers would wonder that if Apple’s iPhone and iPad lineup already boasts powerful chipsets, what is the need for such a product? Overall, Apple’s mobile devices aren’t intended for gamers, so while the hardware is more than capable, iPhones and iPads aren’t designed to have thick internal cooling systems, as Apple gives the priority to an elegant form factor.
This rumored portable hybrid console might have room to pack a capable cooler, and there are some other aspects that might set it apart from the rest of Apple products. First, the article claims that the company is working on a new SoC and that it will not be classified in the A-series of M-series chipsets. Previously, MauriQHD spoke of Apple working on an ARM console, but the rumor said that she was touting an A-series chip, not a brand new one. With this console, Apple could make it slightly thicker, and a larger screen means more area to distribute heat.
Apple is preparing a portable hybrid console, like the Switch
A new AP is in the works with a new model name, not the Apple A series or the M series. It features improved GPU performance and ray tracing support. Future games are in negotiation with Ubisoft.https: //t.co/K88iSMC4bd
– Tron ❂ (@FrontTron) May 7, 2021
Apple may be working on several prototypes in secret, as the company has reportedly already sent an Apple TV with an A14X Bionic to the developers for testing. Perhaps the biggest difference of this portable hybrid console is its SoC offering improved GPU performance and ray tracing support. Apple is also rumored to be negotiating with famous game developer Ubisoft, possibly to bring exclusive titles to Apple Arcade.
After all, what Apple Arcade really needs to bring casual gamers to the fold are engaging, immersive titles that also exude improved graphics. Apple is certainly developing chips that can play, so why not develop a dedicated console for that too? On a related note, the tech giant has reportedly been working on a gaming-focused Mac slated to drop in 2020, but as you can see that hasn’t happened.
There’s a huge chance Apple will drop this project too, so for now, we want our readers to treat this rumor with a pinch of salt. The company is currently developing the M1X or M2 for future MacBook Pro models. If this chipset could offer a convincing performance improvement in gaming, Apple wouldn’t need to develop a separate chipset.
News Source: Clien