The Apple TV 4K hasn’t been up to date for greater than three and a half years, which is an eternity in expertise. However 9to5Mac reports that the brand new tvOS 14.5 beta references assist for 120Hz refresh charges — a functionality that no at the moment out there Apple TV fashions have — which might point out Apple is engaged on a brand new model of its set-top field.
Whereas it’s not clear what Apple could use a 120Hz refresh price for in a brand new Apple TV, one of many extra intriguing prospects is for smoother gaming, like what’s supplied with 120Hz assist on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Sequence X. Apple has been displaying elevated curiosity in gaming as of late, so it wouldn’t be an excessive amount of of a shock if the brand new Apple TV had extra gaming-focused options.
For instance, Apple simply added a bunch of latest video games to its Apple Arcade gaming subscription service, which helps you to play video games on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV and carry your progress throughout platforms. And the iOS 14.5, macOS 11.3, and tvOS 14.5 betas additionally all embody assist for the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller and the Xbox Sequence X controller — presumably, that assist will carry over to the ultimate software program releases.
The rumored 120Hz assist for Apple TV would additionally line up with a Bloomberg report from December, which stated Apple was engaged on a brand new Apple TV for someday this yr with a “stronger gaming focus.” (That report additionally stated the brand new set-top field would have a redesigned distant, which can hopefully be simpler to make use of.) Whereas we don’t know precisely when Apple will announce this rumored gadget, or if it’ll announce it in any respect, in case you’re available in the market for a brand new Apple TV, you may wish to wait only a bit.