Though iOS 7 has been out for several months now, the beta builds for the mobile OS are giving away a lot of information on Apple’s future products. New Apple TV references have been discovered in the iOS 7 beta builds, cited specifically in relation to the device’s AirPlay functionality. The new Apple TV is noted in the iOS 7 builds as “AppleTV4,1.” The reason why this raises flags is because the current Apple TV is known in that format as “AppleTV3,2.″ The first model introduced in 2010 was labeled as 2,1 and the 1080P version introduced in 2012 was called “3,1.″ “3,2″ was the updated and most current version which was introduced in January of 2013.
The model numbers are only the tip of the iceberg, as there have been rumors for several months now that Apple is looking to introduce a new Apple TV at an event in March, where it is also expected to release the public version of iOS 7.1. Apple is even rumored to be integrating an AirPort Express in the Apple TV, though that is entirely speculation at this point. Apple has not updated the design or added any major features to the Apple TV since the second generation. It’s possible the new model will include iOS 7 inspired designs, as well as an upgrade to the company’s new A7 chip.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has said on more than one occasion that 2014 is a big year for Apple, so it makes sense the company will be introducing a new Apple TV in addition to the new larger screened-iPhone, new iPad lineup, and new Macs expected to be released this year.