We’ve been hearing rumors about the next generation of Apple TV for over a year now, and although more evidence has been found, Apple’s plans for its set-top box remain unknown. However,. found references to 120Hz support in the tvOS 14.5 beta code, which would not work on the current generation of Apple TV due to hardware limitations.
Multiple references to “120 Hz” and “supports 120 Hz” were added to tvOS PineBoard in the latest beta. For those unfamiliar with the subject, PineBoard is the internal name of the system that controls the Apple TV interface, similar to SpringBoard on iPhone and iPad. These references strongly suggest that Apple is at least internally testing a 120Hz mode for Apple TV.
However, it’s important to point out that the current Apple TV 4K doesn’t support 120Hz, even with a software update. This is because the current generation Apple TV is equipped with an HDMI 2.0 port, limited to 4K resolution at 60 Hz. To activate 4K resolution at 120 Hz, an HDMI 2.1 port is required.
In 2019, a source told. that a new Apple TV model with an HDMI 2.1 port was in development. At the same time, the leaker known as Longhorn has said that the new Apple TV (identified as Apple TV 11.1) will feature the A12 chip. More references to this model were found in the beta of tvOS 13.4, but Apple never introduced this product.
More recently, Bloomberg reported that an upgraded Apple TV is still on track for 2021, and while we thought it would have a new remote, it turned out that Apple was simply working with cable companies to offer a universal remote control that works with Apple. TV.
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