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Apple TV 3,1 hints at A5-based, 1080p media hub

updated 02:40 am EDT, Sat October 8, 2011

Apple TV third gen code references show

Apple may be planning a relatively quick upgrade for the Apple TV. A code delve into iOS 5 late Saturday showed a reference to an "AppleTV3,1" profile, a previously unknown mode but which would be a full third-generation model. The 9to5 tip didn't get many more details.

What would come with a new model isn't clear, but any update would most likely be a performance upgrade and could be a candidate for an A5 processor. It stands as Apple's first 1080p-capable mobile chip and could be better-suited to improved surround sound or other extras. Larger cache might also be necessary to accommodate the bigger videos.

Like some Apple code references, the AppleTV3,1 reference isn't necessarily a surefire sign of a new model. The Apple TV has remained unchanged so far this fall, and Apple is known to occasionally insert prototypes into code that never reach production. Apple may still have reason to at least keep a new version in development as competitors like Roku now make 1080p a regular feature at or occasionally below Apple's prices.

by MacNN Staff



  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    With all that graphics power, maybe we'll finally see some games (and thus other apps, no doubt) on the ATV.

  1. juraiprince

    Joined: Dec 1969



    WireWeasel. This would make the Apple TV really take off! But they would have to keep it around the same price point or just a bit higher in my opinion. If this thing does apps and games, watch out!! No more of Apple thinking of it as a hobby. I'll go mainstream quickly.

  1. Steve Wilkinson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    VGA please...

    Oh please, release a model with VGA (or some kind of analog out) as well as HDMI. The Apple TV would be the perfect box to take along with an iPad to give presentations via Airplay... if not for the fact that most projectors still have VGA. I'd guess if they added VGA, they'd sell more of them for that application than they would as a 'TV' device.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Better support

    If so Apple will need to put more support behind the Apple TV. Right now we have Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, Baseball, etc. Other than the Apple shows and Netflix, our only other use is music. It would have SO MUCH more use if we could connect it to non-HD TVs. I would go out today and buy two more for our home (office and spare bedroom) but our extra TVs are SD and we have no reason to get rid of them as they are used for DVD players.

  1. Bengt77

    Joined: Dec 1969



    This would be the Apple TV I will finally buy. Bring it on, I'd say!

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    if true

    glad i waited on getting a 2nd-gen ATV!

  1. kavok

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Maybe instead of a box this is the full-blown TV that was speculated about earlier this year.

  1. Super Glitcher

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I think an AppleTV 3 is obvious - it's a great platform and the TV is the entertainment hub of the house. I think a great feature add would be Airplay display mirroring for Macbooks.

  1. t_c

    Joined: Dec 1969



    With them taking SOOOO long for #2 I though I was OK and just bought one! Don't regret it though as I didn't realize how much I like accessing music / photos through my home theatre system. Movies, on the other hand tends to suck if you don't have H264 transcoded movies. Apps & bluetooth keyboard would transform this into a different product. Why wouldn't they essentially put iOS on it and start off with the 'Front Row' type app for accessing media.

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