“Apple’s own firmware for the upcoming HomePod speaker has proven to be the gift that keeps on giving for enthusiasts, this time revealing that a next-generation Apple TV will boast support for 4K video, as well as high dynamic range in both 10-bit and Dolby Vision formats.”
In general, I try not to publish rumours on this site, but given this fellow’s track record, I’m confident in saying this is a sure thing. Just need to know the date now.
A lot of people were hoping for 4K during the last round of improvements. Apple generally doesn’t roll things out until they have a complete solution ready to go. In this case:
- High Sierra and the next iOS are going to have h.265 authoring built in and hardware accelerated
- The people that might want 4K have had about 1.5 years to buy 4K televisions. 4K TV’s are at a point now where the option to have that resolution is at a “Well for another $200 I might as well future proof this major purchase” level. Soon it won’t be an option on higher end units
- I suspect Apple now is comfortable that its data centers can handle the increased bit load that will be required.
Whether your local internet connection handle the load is another question.