The Apple TV 4K hasn’t been updated in over three and a half years, which is an eternity in technology. But 9to5Mac reports that the new tvOS 14.5 beta credentials support 120Hz refresh rates – a feature not currently available for Apple TV models – suggesting that Apple is working on a new version of its set-top box.
While it’s not clear what Apple could use a 120Hz refresh rate for in a new Apple TV, one of the more intriguing options is for smoother gaming like what’s offered with 120Hz support on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Apple has shown that there has been more interest in gaming since late, so it wouldn’t be such a big surprise if the new Apple TV had more gaming-focused features.
For example, Apple has just added a bunch of new games to its Apple Arcade gaming subscription, which allows you to play games on the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV and carry your progress across platforms. And the iOS 14.5, macOS 11.3, and tvOS 14.5 betas they also all include support for the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller and the Xbox Series X controller – presumably that support will carry over to final software releases.
The rumored 120Hz support for Apple TV would also be in line with one Bloomberg December report, stating that Apple was working on a new Apple TV sometime this year with a “stronger gaming focus.” (That report also said the new set-top box would have a redesigned remote, which will hopefully be easier to use.) While we don’t know exactly when Apple will announce this rumored device, or even announce it at all, if you’re looking for one new Apple TV, you might want to wait.