Apple released tons of new beta software releases yesterday including tvOS 13.4 beta 1. That update brought with it unknown wonders, but now we’re hearing of code that would suggest that a refreshed Apple TV 4K is in the works.
According to 9to5Mac, references to an Apple TV with the reference “T1125” have been found in the beta.
That’s a model number that we haven’t come across to date, suggesting that it is an unreleased product. The report also points to the “T” as a potential indicator that this is an internal device.
The codes reveal a new Apple TV with the codename “T1125”, while the current Apple TV 4K is named “J105a” and the HD model is “J42d”. The letter “T” at the beginning suggests that it’s an internal model, probably a prototype that hasn’t been completely finished yet.
Beyond that, little is known. However, further spelunking through the tvOS 13.4 beta uncovered files that suggest the new hardware uses the same arm64e architecture as Apple’s latest A12 and A13 processors. The current Apple TV4K uses the older A10 processor.
That would in turn suggest that Apple may be testing a new Apple TV 4K with improved processing power. While streaming content isn’t particularly stressful, it’s likely a new processor would be used by a new crop of Apple Arcade games that need more grunt when running in 4K HDR. If that’s the case we’d expect to see the new Apple TV 4K announced this year.
Assuming this is indeed a product that comes to market, of course. Much like Apple’s patents, not every device tested in Apple’s labs will ship to the public.
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