The Apple TV 4K set-top box hasn’t been updated in over three and a half years (for eternity by the digital and information technology world). But the recently released tvOS 14.5 beta contains a mention of support for 120 Hz, which may well indicate the imminent release of a new generation model (the current model does not have such an opportunity), reports 9to5Mac.
Exactly what benefits the 120Hz support in Apple TV will provide is anyone’s guess. The most obvious is that developers can take advantage of this innovation to maximize the image’s smoothness in games. In this regard, the Apple TV box will catch up with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles. Apple has been focusing on mobile gaming recently, so the focus on gaming in the next Apple TV seems logical. Last week, Apple added over 30 games to its Arcade collection, including exclusives from the Arcade Originals series.
An Arcade subscription lets you run games on iPhone, iPad, macOS, and Apple TV, with the ability to transfer progress between platforms.
By the way, the recent beta versions of iOS 14.5, macOS 11.3 and tvOS 14.5 also include support for the latest PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X controllers.
This new data is fully consistent with the December report. Bloomberg said Apple’s 2021 product plans include a new Apple TV with a “stronger focus on gaming” and a redesigned remote control. Alas, there is no data yet on when the new Apple TV may come out.