It looks like Apple’s HomePod firmware has just given away yet another clue to an upcoming Apple product. Developer Guilherme Rambo recently found a string of code in the firmware, confirming the existence of a 4K AppleTV. According to the code, the rumoured set-top box from Apple also has high dynamic range support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
This is not the first time we’re seeing rumours about a 4K AppleTV. Earlier this year, Bloomberg reported that Apple would launch a 4K AppleTV later this year, featuring more vivid colours. Now that the product is being included in HomePod’s firmware, it looks like this rumour might be true after all.
4K HDR Apple TV? CONFIRMED! ? pic.twitter.com/nBKg022A4B
— Guilherme Rambo (@_inside) August 5, 2017
Back in September 2015, Apple unveiled its latest AppleTV that is more than just a set-top box that shows you movies. Powered by a 64-bit A8 dual-core chipset, it runs on tvOS, and lets you install apps and games. It has a Siri Remote with Siri integration, and acts as a game controller too. Sadly, while its competitors like the Google ChromeCast, Android TV, and such already have 4K support, the latest AppleTV only supports resolutions of up to 1080p.
Hopefully, Apple will announce its 4K AppleTV at its iPhone 8 launch event, which is rumoured to be scheduled for September 2017.