Apple is all set to overhaul the Apple TV to the next generation. According to a report by 9to5Mac, multiple references to “120Hz” and “supports120Hz” have been added to tvOS’ PineBoard in the latest 14.5 beta release. For general information, PineBoard is the internal name of the system that controls the Apple TV interface, similar to the SpringBoard on iPhone and iPad.
The current Apple TV 4K doesn’t support 120Hz, even with a software update solely due to the fact that it is equipped with an HDMI 2.0 port, which is limited to 4K resolution at 60Hz. For a 120Hz display, an HDMI 2.1 port is essential. A higher refresh rate would ensure a smoother interface and games will gain the most of it.
Recently, Bloomberg had reported that an upgraded Apple TV is still on track for 2021. It was believed to be a new redesigned remote but it turned out that Apple is just working with cable companies to offer a universal remote control that works with the Apple TV. The Apple TV is expected to arrive in two variants, one powered by an A12 chip while the other is more focused on offering console-level games will have an A14X chip-on-board.
Apart from the Apple TV, the upcoming iPhone 13 may also feature a 120Hz display. The Apple TV is expected to launch later this year and we can only wait for further updates that will confirm this great upgrade.