Apple’s HomePod firmware leaks existence of 4K Apple TV

Alex Kidman 7 August 2017

man_tv_surprise_shutterstock_738

The Apple TV set-top box is about to get significantly sharper.

Apple has, historically speaking, been a company that obsesses over secrecy to a level that would make James Bond think they were being a bit overzealous. However, of late, there have been increasing levels of detail slip about upcoming products.

We've already seen details surrounding the iPhone 8 leak via the firmware for its as-yet-unreleased HomePod, and now it appears that the same code is also leaking details about Apple's upcoming Apple TV plans.

Before the rumour mills churn out further thoughts about Apple-branded flat panels, we're talking about Apple TV, the tiny set-top box product. However, what is increasingly likely, is that Apple will adopt both 4K and HDR content for iTunes at some point in the near future based on analysis of the HomePod firmware that Apple has made available to developers.

Specifically, as appleinsider notes, specific strings in the code reference both 4K video resolutions and pointers towards HDR in 10-bit, Dolby Vision and HLG formats.

Apple usually keeps its news around new Apple TV models fairly quiet, with most of the hype going behind iPhone and iPad launches, but it seems that the hardware underlying the current 4th Generation Apple TV couldn't quite cut it for decoding full 4K HDR content.

That means that if Apple does intend to jump into 4K content, it won't be able to deliver it with a simple firmware upgrade to the current model Apple TV set-top box.

Instead, a 5th generation box may be on the immediate horizon. Apple currently only sells and rents content in Full HD (1080p) at maximum, but it's well behind the pace of streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Video that offer 4K streaming for those with a fast enough broadband connection.

Latest streaming headlines


For all the latest in TV and movie streaming, follow and subscribe below


Image: Shutterstock

Data deals on finder

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au:

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, read the PDS or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.
Ask a question
Go to site