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Apple TV 4K looks set to sport a lot more power

by Justin Herrick | September 11, 2017September 11, 2017 9:00 am EST

A lot is being said about the iPhone X, especially due to the massive iOS 11 GM leak that occurred over the weekend. But another device has been uncovered in addition to a new iPhone. The Apple TV 4K appears to be right around the corner with specifications built for the future of home entertainment.

Apple’s newest set-top box will have one major similarity to the iPad Pro, which was refreshed earlier this year at WWDC 2017.

The Apple TV 4K, according to developer Steve Stroughton-Smith, will be powered by a custom processor. Apple plans on inserting the A10X Fusion inside the set-top box. And it’s actually the same one inside the 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro that debuted in June. The A10X Fusion unlocks faster performance overall, but its ability to handle enhanced graphics is the more important benefit here. Since the new Apple TV is going to stream 4K video, it needs a processor that can keep up.

Paired with the A10X Fusion should be 3GB of RAM. The current Apple TV, meanwhile, has 2014’s A8 and 2GB of RAM. So, yeah, an upgrade is due.

Stroughton-Smith also points out the Apple TV 4K is going to support 60 frames per second at its highest resolution. While most 4K content isn’t offered at such a high frame rate, the company is likely preparing for the future. Apple plans on supporting HDR10 and Dolby Vision, too.

You should expect to see the new Apple TV become official at the Apple event being held tomorrow, September 12.

Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...