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Apple cares more about adding moronic effects to Messages for children & older people who still behave like children than they do about providing a secure platform. They also care more about self-righteous posturing & fleecing third-party developers. Apple needs to grow up and b stop being morally bankrupt.
If Apple is making a push into higher-end gaming, you can be sure that they’ve been working with high-end game companies to port their games over to the Apple ecosystem.
Given that Big Sur will run iOS & iPadOS apps natively on Apple Silicon, you’ll be able to play games on iPhones, iPads, Macs & AppleTV.
Apple would wait until enough games were ported before launching a new AppleTV.
Apple Arcade has provided them a test for a gaming service. They could later launch Apple Arcade+ for higher-end games. And they can include it in a higher-end Apple One subscription.
Rumored Apple AR work would also likely be planned to be adapted for entertainment.
Apple seems to have been working on many initiatives that could support a successful foray into games.
Remember, the Wii wasn’t as powerful as its competitors, but did a good business.
Graphics would likely be good enough on whatever SoC Apple uses for a new AppleTV.
If it sells for much less than the new XBox & PS, provides Siri & Home integration, maybe comes with a discount for Apple One, etc., a new AppleTV could do quite well.
Apple could also release a cheap stick device that provides the non-gaming features.