9to5Mac is reporting that the latest tvOS beta alludes to an as-yet-unreleased version of the Apple TV set-top box.
According to 9to5Mac, “the codes reveal a new Apple TV with the codename ‘T1125,’ while the current Apple TV 4K is named ‘J105a’ and the HD model is ‘J42d.’ The letter ‘T’ at the beginning suggests that it’s an internal model, probably a prototype that hasn’t been completely finished yet.”
One possibility is that the new version will have a faster A-series processor and graphics to help it better take advantage of Apple’s Arcade gaming service. Apple Arcade has met with generally positive reviews, and a more powerful Apple TV that runs games better could help the service directly compete with dedicating gaming devices and platforms.
Even aside from Apple Arcade, the Apple TV has a loyal following and is a very capable set-top box, especially as more households abandon cable TV in favor of streaming services. A refresh from Apple to help keep it current and competitive will be a welcome update for all users.