It looks like a future tvOS update could add support for Dolby Atmos surround sound technology. This possible news comes from The Verge’s Nilay Patel.
Dolby Atmos, which gives sound from films and television shows a more three-dimensional effect, could eventually arrive on Apple TV.
As Patel explains, the Apple TV 4K hardware is already in place:
Apple told me that the lack of Atmos isn’t a hardware limitation, and that support is on the roadmap
Atmos and its competitor DTS:X are the next generation of surround sound formats, which the industry calls “object-based surround.” Unlike traditional surround, which sends specific tracks of audio to specific speakers, Atmos allows audio engineers to place sound “objects” in 3D space, and your receiver or soundbar figures out how to recreate it.
Dolby Atmos sound is already available on the Xbox One S and Roku. Netflix offers support for some of its content, as do several movie theaters.
Officially announced on Sept. 12, the Apple TV 4K arrives tomorrow, Sept. 22. It’s available with 32GB ($179) and 64GB of storage ($199).