HomePod firmware hints at upcoming Apple TV with 4K assist
Final week, Apple by accident launched a firmware for the HomePod. This file is crammed with references to unreleased Apple gadgets. In line with strings in a library file noticed by Guilherme Rambo, the subsequent Apple TV goes to assist 4K movies in addition to Dolby Imaginative and prescient, HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma.
An Apple TV that helps increased decision movies isn’t actually a shock as Apple is late to the sport. Amazon launched a 4K Hearth TV again in 2015. Google launched a Chromecast with 4K assist final yr. Roku began including 4K gadgets to its lineup in 2015.
Extra curiously, the brand new Apple TV goes to assist high-dynamic-range movies. HDR is a bit tougher to elucidate — it’s not simply extra pixels on a display. In case you have an HDR-compatible TV, you’ll be able to show movies and play video video games with higher distinction, extra brightness ranges and customarily a wider vary of colours.
Many gadgets assist HDR, such because the PlayStation four, the Xbox One S, the newest Roku, and many others. Nevertheless it’s nonetheless exhausting to search out motion pictures and TV exhibits with HDR assist.
There are competing requirements for HDR, resembling HDR10, Dolby Imaginative and prescient, HLG, HDR10+ and SL-HDR1. Apple may very well be including assist for 3 of the most typical requirements. That ought to be sufficient to be suitable with most TVs on the market, however you’ll must watch out the subsequent time you purchase a TV.
Some iTunes Retailer customers additionally seen that they may browse previous purchases and see references to 4K motion pictures with HDR assist. If you happen to mix that with the HomePod leak, it appears clear that the 4K Apple TV goes to land sooner moderately than later. Apple final up to date the Apple TV two years in the past, and it will be an excellent reward for the vacation season.