There might be a new Apple TV 4K mentioned in the tvOS 13.4 beta

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What you need to know

  • There might be a new Apple TV 4K on the way.
  • 9to5 Mac claims to have spotted a new codename in the tvOS 13.4 beta.
  • It's purported to be based on arm64e architecture, the same used in Apple's A12 and A13 chips.

There might be a new Apple TV 4K on the way, after 9to5 Mac reportedly spotted the codename for a new piece of hardware in the tvOS 13.4 beta.

According to their report:

Yesterday Apple released first developer betas as part of its next round of software releases: iOS 13.4, iPadOS 13.4, macOS 10.15.4, tvOS 13.4, and watchOS 6.2. We've already discovered some new things hidden in the system, such as the new CarKey API, and now 9to5Mac has found references to a new Apple TV model in the tvOS 13.4 beta code.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.

The report claims that the internal files point to hardware based on arm64e architecture. That's the same architecture used in Apple's A12 and A13 Bionic chips. The current gen Apple TV 4K runs on the A10 chip, so that would be quite a big jump in terms of perfomance.

The reported maximum resolution will remain 4K with HDR, because you know... Apple TV... 4K.

The Apple TV 4K was announced at the Apple event held on September 12, 2017, serving us faithfully in all things Ultra-HD ever since. That being said, it's a little long in the tooth in Apple terms, so a refresh to the lineup would be very much welcome.

It's quite likely that if Apple is indeed planning to hold a March event, then it would make sense for Apple to announce a new Apple TV 4k then.

Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design. Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9