For over a year now we’re hearing rumors about the next-generation Apple TV, but when the company will release its set-top box, it’s not yet clear. However, a new report has claimed that the upcoming new Apple TV model could have 120Hz support, according to the references found in the tvOS 14.5 beta code. This is because the current-generation Apple TV doesn’t support 120Hz due to hardware limitations, so it confirmed that this could be the next-generation Apple TV model.
According to Apple watchdog 9to5Mac, multiple references to “120Hz” and “supports120Hz” have appeared in the tvOS code of the latest beta release. Apple has reportedly added these references to tvOS‘ PineBoard, which is the internal name of the system that controls the Apple TV interface. This suggests that the tech giant is testing a 120Hz mode for Apple TV and may soon release it for the public in the next Apple TV model, giving it a higher refresh rate.
New Apple TV to Have 120Hz Refresh Rate
As said before, the current-generation Apple TV 4K doesn’t support 120Hz mode, even if it’s upgraded with a software update. This is because the current model is equipped with an HDMI 2.0 port, which is limited to 4K resolution at 60Hz. So, even with a software update, you cannot get 120Hz mode in the current-generation Apple TV. The 4K resolution at 120Hz requires an HDMI 2.1 port to function, which considering the references, Apple will add in the next-generation Apple TV.
The higher refresh rate makes the interface feel much smoother, which is especially beneficial for games. With the 120Hz refresh rate coming to Apple TV, users would feel the interface much smoother on a 120Hz compatible TV. Even a year ago, in 2019, Apple was rumored to be working on a new Apple TV model with an HDMI 2.1 port. The new information seems to be in line with that, which means we could see 120Hz Apple TV soon — as early as late 2021 or next year.