Although Apple TV sales have not been up to par since the release of the fourth-generation device, it seems that Apple has not given up on the media streamer yet. About a month ago, Bloomberg has reported that the company is already testing the first prototype of the upcoming Apple TV. Now, a new report suggests that the said prototype is now being tested at the company’s Cupertino headquarters.
According to game developer Firi Games, it has identified an unknown device that tried to connect to one of its servers. The said device has the device number “AppleTV6,2.” Firi Games also mentioned that the said device tried to connect to the Phoenix HD game for the Apple TV and that it was running on the unreleased tvOS 11. Furthermore, the report also said that the IP address of the said device is within the range that can be linked to Apple’s Cupertino headquarters.
It should be noted that the current iteration of Apple TV has a device code of “AppleTV5,3.” The new code that appeared on Firi Games’ log has not yet been associated with any Apple TV device. While this log could easily be faked, a similar instance occurred around three years ago with the iPhone 5s that was running on iOS 7.
Apart from the log entries, not much information has been divulged. However, if rumors are to be believed, the fifth-generation Apple TV will finally include support for 4K streaming. While Apple has already given up on its own streaming service, it seems that the hardware itself is still very much alive.
At the moment, there is no news on when the new version of Apple TV will come out in the market. Pundits speculate that it will be announced in the next couple of months. Others, however, say that there is a chance that the unveiling will happen sometime in September this year.