Third-generation Apple TV in the works?

8 October, 2011 - Paul Dixon
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It’s over a year since the second generation Apple TV was released, and now the discovery of a reference to an AppleTV 3,1 (the current model is AppleTV 2,1) inside the iOS 5 file system, suggests a third-generation model could be in the works.

The discovery was made by 9to5Mac:

“The Apple TV 3,1 reference comes from a file that Apple uses to activate unreleased devices that are in testing; furthermore this Apple 3,1 is already in testing stages. A dual-core Apple TV will likely mean 1080P video playback, a current restriction due to the current model’s A4 processor. We will also likely see some 1080P iTunes content to come along with this next-generation model’s new abilities.”

It does seem inevitable that Apple will choose to upgrade the A4 processor found inside the current Apple TV to the faster A5 – which is now present in both the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S, and rumours that 1080p movies could be introduced to iTunes surfaced back in July.

Of course, speculation of a new model will also raise hopes that apps could be introduced to the Apple TV – that’s something I would love to see. What would you like to see Apple add to their next-generation digital media device? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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Paul Dixon is the owner of Macsessed. He lives in Lancashire in the UK where he works as a web designer. You can find him on and Twitter.