HomePod firmware hints at upcoming Apple TV with 4K help
Final week, Apple by chance launched a firmware for the HomePod. This file is crammed with references to unreleased Apple units. In keeping with strings in a library file noticed by Guilherme Rambo, the subsequent Apple TV goes to help 4K movies in addition to Dolby Imaginative and prescient, HDR10 and Hybrid Log-Gamma.
An Apple TV that helps greater decision movies isn’t actually a shock as Apple is late to the sport. Amazon launched a 4K Fireplace TV again in 2015. Google launched a Chromecast with 4K help final yr. Roku began including 4K units to its lineup in 2015.
Extra apparently, the brand new Apple TV goes to help high-dynamic-range movies. HDR is a bit more durable to elucidate — it’s not simply extra pixels on a display. When you’ve got an HDR-compatible TV, you possibly can show movies and play video video games with higher distinction, extra brightness ranges and usually a wider vary of colours.
Many units help HDR, such because the PlayStation four, the Xbox One S, the latest Roku, and so forth. However it’s nonetheless exhausting to search out motion pictures and TV exhibits with HDR help.
There are competing requirements for HDR, reminiscent of HDR10, Dolby Imaginative and prescient, HLG, HDR10+ and SL-HDR1. Apple could possibly be including help for 3 of the commonest requirements. That needs to be sufficient to be suitable with most TVs on the market, however you’ll should watch out the subsequent time you purchase a TV.
Some iTunes Retailer customers additionally seen that they might browse previous buy and see references to 4K motion pictures with HDR help. Should you 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 could be an amazing present for the vacation season.