First signs of a new version of the Apple TV
In mid-February, Bloomberg said that Apple was testing a future version of the Apple TV that would add support of 4K and HDR.
A month later, FiriGames, the game developer behind arcade games such as Phoenix and Phoenix II, noticed that a new Apple TV running tvOS 11 had left a proof of its activity in the connection logs to the game servers.
More precisely, references to the “AppleTV6,2” and “tvOS 11” were noticed connecting to the Phoenix HD game servers, and, according to the developer, the IP address matches with the Apple headquarters in Cupertino, CA.
By comparison, the Apple TV 4 is present in the logs under the name “AppleTV5,3.” Apple could well be testing a new model of Apple TV, that, according to Bloomberg, would add support of 4K video and HDR.
As a growing number of users get 4K screens, and all iPhone models since the iPhone 6S can shoot movies in 4K, there is a need for Apple to offer a set-top box that supports 4K resolution.
Apple made a big splash when introducing the fourth-generation device in October 2015 with the new Siri Remote, true App Store support, and other features. But since then, excitement has stalled as competitors – like Roku and Amazon’s Fire TV – have added 4K streaming and other features.
Source: Brent Dirks – appadvice.com