4K Apple TV Could Feature A10X Fusion Chip and 3GB of RAM
Sep 11, 2017 3:29 am PDT by Tim Hardwick
Apple's upcoming fifth-generation 4K Apple TV will be powered by an A10X Fusion chip and 3GB of RAM, according to details unearthed in the device's firmware.

Developer Steve Troughton-Smith made the claim this morning in a tweet, after going through code in the final software builds that were at the center of a major Apple leak over the weekend.


Apple's current fourth-generation Apple TV, originally released in 2015, runs on an A8 chip coupled with 2GB of RAM. But the boost in performance provided by the A10 series – which also powers the latest iPad Pro models – suggests Apple could see a bigger role for its next set-top box, possibly expanding beyond 4K content.

On the other hand, Troughton-Smith believes Apple may have chosen the A10X Fusion processor to play 4K content at 60 frames per second, which would make sense given that the iPhone X is expected to record 4K video at 60fps.

Even if that is the primary reason for including such a powerful chip in the next Apple TV, users can expect significant performance gains across the board, while tvOS game developers will be rubbing their hands together at the prospect of leveraging the processor's power to create immersive 3D experiences to rival modern console titles.


The 3GB of RAM would bring the extra working memory needed to stream 4K HDR content, which is expected to become available both in the iTunes Store and from third-party content providers, but the additional RAM may also factor into any role the Apple TV has in Apple's augmented reality future plans.

The ARKit developer framework is already turning out to be a major feature of Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 and iPhone X devices, which are set to be announced on Tuesday alongside a new Apple TV and Apple Watch, during a media event at the Steve Jobs Theater in Apple Park, Cupertino. Several details about Apple's iPhone X have already been found in the iOS 11 GM, including information on Face ID setup, Animoji, the split status bar, the A11 processor, and the device's design.

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10 months ago

I hardly use my Apple TV

Noted
Rating: 39 Votes
10 months ago
New Remote! Really needs a new remote ....
Rating: 18 Votes
10 months ago

It's not a TV!


Point taken. And the iPhone is not a phone. It's a multimedia communication internet device.
Rating: 9 Votes
10 months ago

...while tvOS game developers will be rubbing their hands together at the prospect of leveraging the processor's power to create immersive 3D experiences to rival modern console titles.


And we all know this will never happen as the years and hardware generations before clearly have shown.
Rating: 6 Votes
10 months ago
ABOUT TIME!!! :eek:
Rating: 5 Votes
10 months ago

Because 1 HDMI goes to the projector/TV and the other one to the AV amp for best image performance.
Every good Blu-ray reader has 2 HDMI outputs.


Excessive in this day and age. I’m an AV snob and have spent a great deal on gear over the years and grew up with great systems and worked in music doing production and engineering. That said, I think people who think they’re getting performance improvements from things like this are fooling themselves, and I’ve yet to see anyone reliably tell any sort of difference in any A/B testing. Unless you have a receiver or processor doing video conversion and you can’t turn it off (in which case you should worry more about getting a better processor), splitting the signals like this is unnecessary. Many processors/receivers have this fornpeople with projectors in addition to more traditional flat screens in the same setup, but splitting up digital audio and video? No. Silly. It’s not like analog where the signal can degrade. It either gets there or it doesn’t.
Rating: 5 Votes
10 months ago
This ATV 4K will go head to head with Nvidia Shield TV 2017. Can Apple support 4K streaming formats like h265, dts hdma, dolby atmos inside mp4 container? If no, then Nvidia Shield TV is a simple choice over whatever fluff Apple pulls out of the bag. And I am not interested to play Crossy Road on TV.
Rating: 5 Votes
10 months ago
I hope Apple has negotiated an inexpensive way to upgrade current purchased content to 4K.

And a mew remote. The current one is a usability nightmare.
Rating: 5 Votes
10 months ago

Because 1 HDMI goes to the projector/TV and the other one to the AV amp for best image performance.
Every good Blu-ray reader has 2 HDMI outputs.


Excessive in this day and age. I’m an AV snob and have spent a great deal on gear over the years and grew up with great systems and worked in music doing production and engineering. That said, I think people who think they’re getting performance improvements from things like this are fooling themselves


Dual HDMI outputs is not done for performance or quality reasons. The only reason two outputs is desirable is as a concession for people who have an older AVR which cannot handle 4K/HDR video streams. Two outputs allows you to send the audio to your legacy AVR/Receiver and send the 4K/HDR video directly to a display that supports it.

If you've got an AVR/Receiver that supports HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.2 then there's no reason to split the outputs and you can achieve the same exact performance and quality by routing everything through it.
Rating: 5 Votes
10 months ago
Have to admit I'm interested in this new ATV. Hope price isn't to prohibitive and Apple really push these out.
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