Apple likes to stand pat and let technologies mature before the company adopting them into its own products. That’s the approach it’s been taking with 4K, particularly when it comes to the Apple TV. According to a new Apple TV simulator, Apple has long been able to support the function, including in the most recent Apple TV generations, but decided against it in order to allow the market to mature.
Developer Steve Troughton-Smith recently posted on Twitter screenshots of his Apple TV running the simulator showing a native resolution of 3840 by 2160 (or 4K). This reveals current generation Apple TVs are capable of running double the pixel density. All text and icons will automatically scale up to the same aspect ratio.
The scaling is similar to what Apple did back in 2010 when it introduced the Retina display and had 2x iOS asset resolution requirement.
Troughton-Smith’s hack goes nicely with the news that another developer discovered 4K HDR mode for the Apple TV within the HomePod’s firmware. Talk of a 4K Apple TV isn’t new, but Apple may finally be jumping on board with the higher resolution now that more 4K content is available.
With an Apple event expected this September, we may hear more very soon.