What has been called the company’s little hobby, the Apple TV continues to roll along without out getting that much attention. The device has only been updated once since it was first released in 2007, which saw the latest version become more of an iOS based system. Now there are rumors of a new more powerful Apple TV could be on route.
According to an article on 9To5Mac, inside the iOS 5 file systems are references to an Apple TV 3, 1, and could mean a major upgrade over the current model available. It is thought that all the changes will be similar to the situation with the iPhone 4S, and be internal.
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The new device could quite easily have the same dual-core A5 processor that is found in the iPhone 4S and the iPad 2. References to the Apple TV 3.1 comes from files that the company uses to activate yet to be released products, and it seems the Apple 3,1 is already in testing stages.
Having an Apple TV with a dual-core processor could well mean the device being able to playback 1080p video, which currently can’t be done with the current version. This would then mean iTunes content would become 1080p to support the new model. There have been other devices that have shown up in iOS files before that have never seen the light of day, so it’s not guaranteed there is a new Apple TV imminent.
There have been many rumors before that Apple could be developing its own TV displays, and back in July we first heard of Apple trying to get 1080p content on iTunes. Would you like to see 1080p movies on iTunes?