The next generation of Apple TV appears to be moving closer to reality.
Hints of the much-rumored product appeared today in a new beta of iOS 5.1 given to developers. As 9to5Mac notes, as products move closer to release, Apple gives them a codename, such as N94 for the latest iPhone. In this case, the blog found notes in the string code that refer to the next version of Apple TV as J33.
9to5Mac suggests the A5 could churn out something better than the 720p video at which the current Apple TV tops out. Apple's latest iPhone has a 1080p video output.
Amazon recently updated its listing for the current Apple TV, redesignating it as the "(2010)" version of the product. By comparison, Amazon lists the most up-to-date version of other Apple products, such as the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, as the "(NEWEST VERSION)," suggesting that the 2010 label could be a precursor to it being outdated by something newer.