New Apple TV may have support for 120 Hz video, says iOS 14.5

New Apple TV may have support for 120 Hz video, says iOS 14.5
New Apple TV may have support for 120 Hz video, says iOS 14.5
Apple launched the latest Apple TV 4K, in 2017. Since then every year, practically, there are rumors of a new version. But Apple has always made the hardware render with new software. For another year we have heard new rumors about the next generation of this TV gadget, and although more evidence has been found, Apple’s plans for its box remain unknown. However, in the code for the recent beta version of tvOS 14.5, references to 120Hz support were found.

The current box does not support this image refresh rate. Therefore, associating the next news to launch with this information, Apple may be preparing a new device for this TV segment.


A new TV box may be on the way

Apple TV is a device that Apple has equipped with new features. In addition to its own operating system, an app store, gaming features and an extensive menu of content, with the Apple Tv + platform, the box is increasingly interesting for operators, as is the case with MEO and NOS that already have your app and content inside.

Thus, deepening the possible novelties, multiple references to “120Hz” and “support120Hz” were added to the PineBoard of tvOS in the latest beta version. For those unfamiliar with the subject, PineBoard is the internal name of the system that controls the Apple TV interface, similar to SpringBoard on the iPhone and iPad. These references strongly suggest that Apple is at least testing a 120Hz mode for Apple TV internally.

Apple TV 4K does not support 120 Hz

It is important to note, however, that the current 4K box does not support 120Hz - even with a software update. This is because the Apple TV of the current generation is equipped with an HDMI 2.0 port, which is limited to a resolution from 4K to 60Hz. To allow 4K resolution at 120Hz, an HDMI 2.1 port is required.

Apple TV 4K image with YouTube

With a higher refresh rate, the interface would be much smoother - and games could also benefit from this technology. This, of course, would also require a 120Hz compatible television.

In 2019, rumors emerged that a new Apple TV model with an HDMI 2.1 port was under development. In fact, there was even talk of an Apple TV 11.1) that would arrive with an A12 chip. However, even though there are references to this model in tvOS 13.4 beta, the Cupertino company never made progress with this product.

More recently, Bloomberg reported that the development of a new box that will be launched this year 2021 will be on track. Subsequently, as we saw, information emerged that Apple would be developing a new remote control, although there is other information that just be cooperation with cable TV companies for a universal remote that works with Apple TV.

So there is some smoke, but it is still unsafe and unofficial.

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