The 7th beta of tvOS 11 released today by Apple is found to contain assets referencing to “J105a”, which has previously been revealed as the code name for an upcoming 4K Apple TV, MacRumors is reporting. Developer Guilherme Rambo shared a screenshot earlier today on Twitter, showing HDR image assets with a file name that includes “J105a” found inside tvOS 11 beta 7.
In addition to the “J105a” assets found in today’s tvOS 11 beta, references to the code name were also recently discovered in the HomePod firmware, which provided evidence that the device could support Dolby Vision and HDR10 color formats.
“Aside from Bloomberg’s report earlier this year, there has been no concrete confirmation that Apple plans to introduce a new Apple TV soon, but the continued mentions of J105a both in the HomePod firmware and in the tvOS 11 beta suggest we could perhaps see a new Apple TV announced this fall alongside new iPhone models”.
Back in February, a Bloomberg report claimed that Apple was working on a fifth-generation Apple TV codenamed “J105a”, which is capable of streaming Ultra HD 4K video. The report also noted that Apple could release a new fifth-generation 4K Apple TV as early as this year.