updated 02:40 am EDT, Sat October 8, 2011
Apple TV third gen code references show
Apple may be planning a relatively quick upgrade for the Apple TV. A code delve into iOS 5 late Saturday showed a reference to an "AppleTV3,1" profile, a previously unknown mode but which would be a full third-generation model. The 9to5 tip didn't get many more details.
What would come with a new model isn't clear, but any update would most likely be a performance upgrade and could be a candidate for an A5 processor. It stands as Apple's first 1080p-capable mobile chip and could be better-suited to improved surround sound or other extras. Larger cache might also be necessary to accommodate the bigger videos.
Like some Apple code references, the AppleTV3,1 reference isn't necessarily a surefire sign of a new model. The Apple TV has remained unchanged so far this fall, and Apple is known to occasionally insert prototypes into code that never reach production. Apple may still have reason to at least keep a new version in development as competitors like Roku now make 1080p a regular feature at or occasionally below Apple's prices.