Yesterday, when news broke of an updated, slightly smaller version of the Apple TV making its way through the FCC’s certification process, speculation ran wild that Apple was intending to update the settop box in order to compete with other products. Many hoped that the Apple TV would, at long last, be able to download and install apps – after all, the current generation has hardware specifications that are roughly equivalent to that of the iPad mini.
There will be no such luck, sadly. In comments made to The Next Web by an Apple spokesperson, the Cupertino confirmed that the update would simply include the A5x, as well as other component changes. No mentions of a software update were made:
“We sometimes make component changes which require an updated model number for regulatory approval,” an Apple spokesperson told TNW. “The component changes we made don’t affect product features and Apple TV customers will continue to have the same great user experience.”
There were some other details that we uncovered that do align with the fact that Apple says component changes have been made. Namely the fact that this mid-season refresh, designated as an Apple TV 3,2 in the firmware, will utilize Apple’s A5x processor and a Broadcom BCM4334 wireless chip.
In other words, a rather boring update. It doesn’t seem as if those who own the current-generation model will be missing much, if anything. The A5x is a faster chip, though nothing in the Apple TV really pushes the silicon hard. The current model already supports 1080p video, and it seems highly unlikely that Apple will include 4K support: after all, the Ultra High Definition standard is still very much in its infancy.