Next Generation Apple TV Given “J33” Codename In iOS 5.1 Beta

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With rumors suggesting that Apple is preparing to take on the TV market, we all wait with bated breath for what Apple has in store for our living rooms.

Thanks to a finding in the newly-released iOS 5.1 beta, a next generation Apple TV is one step closer to reality. The device has been given the “J33” codename internally by Apple.

9to5Mac did some snooping in the iOS 5.1 beta SDK and found new references to an upcoming Apple TV. When a product is getting closer to launch, it is given a codename in iOS. Previous Apple products have been discovered through these codenames, like the iPhone 4S (N94) and first gen iPad (K48).

Before the Apple TV’s new J33 codename, the device was simply given the “3,1” identifier in the iOS SDK. This next generation Apple TV is the second device to receive the “J” series label. The iPad 2’s codename was “J2.”

A Sprint flavor of the iPad 2 is supposedly also referenced in the iOS 5.1 beta, with Apple giving the “2,4” identifier to that mysterious device.

Is this J33 Apple TV the top secret, Siri-controlled, beautiful television that we’ve all been waiting for, or is it merely an A5-equipped refresh with 1080P HD video playback? Hmm…