2021 Apple TV to support 120Hz refresh rate

The leak: The next Apple TV will support a higher refresh rate, according to 9to5Mac (77.2% accurate).

  • In the latest tvOS 14.5 beta, “Multiple references to ‘120Hz’ and ‘supports120Hz’ have been added to tvOS’ PineBoard in the latest beta release…PineBoard is the internal name of the system that controls the Apple TV interface”
  • Apple is rumored to release a new Apple TV sometime in 2021, but no credible source has provided a concrete timeline just yet

Our take: So Apple is working on an updated TV after all. There was some speculation after that weird remote situation that there actually wouldn’t be a new Apple TV coming. 120Hz support is killer for those who have a TV that supports the tech, and will make everything appear buttery smooth. It’s coming to the iPhone in 2021, too.