Apple TV Is Getting Support For Quicker Frame Rate Matching
The Apple TV is getting an update via software that will enable a new feature designed to better handle the switching of refresh rates.
The update, which will arrive at some point in the future, will enable something called Quick Media Switching (QMS).
While the Apple TV currently switches frame rates when it needs to if the option is enabled, you’ll notice that your TV goes black for a couple of seconds before coming back online.
That’s because the Apple TV doesn’t yet support QMS, but The Verge reports that a future update will add that via a future update.
The third-gen Apple TV 4K has another bit of future proofing up its sleeve: later this year, a software update will add support for what’s known as QMS VRR. This enables compatible TVs to switch between different frame rates without any black screens or noticeable picture interruptions. How many TVs work with QMS VRR, you ask? Well, zero at the moment. But you’ll start seeing them hit the market next year; stay tuned for more news about this feature at CES. I’ve never been that bothered by the short flicker when changing frame rates, but I won’t miss it, either.
However, none of that matters right now because of the fact that no TV currently sold on the market supports QMS. That means that there is no rush for Apple to add support just yet because nobody will be able to sue it regardless.