Yesterday, Nintendo rolled out Version 12.0.0 of the Switch firmware. While you might have expected it to be something significant, according to the official patch notes, all it did was fix an issue tied to the save data backup feature. Is it hiding other things, though?
While we've already had a conversation about this, it seems dataminers may have now discovered something big. There is apparently new information emerging that firmware 12.0.0 supposedly contains evidence of a "new dock", designed for a newer model system, that can receive updates.
OatmealDome has also noted how it could potentially be an update for the current Switch dock, but as far as they know, it's never received one before.
"The Dock itself only contains USB chips, a MyDP -> HDMI converter, and flash memory to store its firmware. I’m not sure what the point of an update would be considering how basic it is inside. (As far as I’m aware, it has never received one before.)"
The same source further mentions how update 12.0.0 adds the following internal setting: “4kdp_preferred_over_usb30”, which seemingly "makes sense" given the rumours about "4K output" in the new model:
If this is what some think it is, Nintendo hasn't made much effort to hide this information. Could this all be leading to a Switch Pro? We'll leave that for you to discuss in the comment section down below.