Earlier this year, when Apple teased the upcoming arrival of Amazon Video on Apple TV, that was the only detail the company was willing to discuss at the Worldwide Developers Conference regarding the set-top box.
Since then, however, details for the upcoming fifth-generation Apple TV have emerged, painting a pretty clear picture why Apple would want to wait and take a bit more time to discuss what’s coming to the new set-top box. Specifically, while there might not be any other major additions, the biggest one is the rumored support for 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content.
The fourth-generation Apple TV was missing this feature, but it looks like Apple is setting up to release a set-top box with support built-in. We’ve already seen that the HomePod firmware has confirmed the upcoming feature, supporting HDR content from both HDR10 and Dolby Vision. We’ve also seen a tvOS similar confirm the upcoming update, so the rumor mill has effectively confirmed the forthcoming new hardware.
Now, developer Guilherme Rambo has dug into the recent tvOS 11 developer beta, which was released earlier today, and has confirmed that it references “J105a,” the codename for the fifth-generation Apple TV. Moreover, that reference also contains HDR asset points. That codename is what we’ve seen in the past, referenced months ago.
While the hardware is gearing up to support 4K/HDR content, it doesn’t mean much if Apple itself doesn’t also start offering 4K/HDR films through iTunes. Thankfully, we’ve already seen signs that the company is gearing up to launch a library of content that will support the set-top box, so owners won’t have to completely rely on third-party sources.
If the fifth-gen Apple TV does support 4K/HDR content, do you plan on picking one up?
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