Designer Martin Hajek imagined what Apple’s rumored iTV might look like when Apple is finally ready to launch it, and came up with two TV designs based on Apple’s current iMac desktops. However, Hajek bumped the screen size to 55 inches and gave one of the models a gold paint job similar to the gold iPhone 5s. Furthermore, the designer imagined a curved iTV model as well, also generally based on the latest iMac model but featuring a curved display. More →
Earlier reports suggested that Apple has a refreshed Apple TV set to be unveiled next week at its press conference, and now it seems almost certain that will be the case. No, it’s not the Apple-built HDTV that industry watchers have been waiting years to see materialize, but Apple’s set-top box is one of the most popular video-streaming TV companions on the market today — and according to Amazon, a new version of the device will become available for purchase on October 23rd. More →
Because releasing iOS 7 and two new iPhone models wasn’t enough for one week, Apple has decided to update the Apple TV software to version 6.0 as well. We already knew that this update would allow Apple TV to stream purchased content from the cloud, but that’s only one of several additions to Apple’s set-top box. 9to5Mac reports that the 6.0 update also includes the newly released iTunes Radio, iCloud photos and videos to replace Photo Stream, the iTunes Music Store and conference room mode. Still no news on any new hardware from the Apple TV line, but this should tide over any users of the box in the meantime.
New iPads may not be the only big product Apple releases next month. On his Twitter account, Google Ventures partner and longtime TechCrunch columnist MG Siegler claims that Apple will be unveiling “new Apple TV hardware” next month. Siegler says that the new hardware is not the long-fabled “iTV” that analysts have been breathlessly predicting for years, although he isn’t giving any further details on what the new hardware might be. More →
Apple stuck to script on Tuesday and focused entirely on its new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c smartphones, which will finally debut next week after months of leaks. It also announced that its completely renovated mobile operating system iOS 7 will be released to the public next Wednesday, September 18th. While Apple didn’t say anything during its press conference, the company will reportedly also release a new software update for its Apple TV set-top box on the same day, according to AllThingsD. The only new feature covered in the blog’s report is the ability to stream content purchased from any iTunes account on Apple TV devices straight from the cloud, regardless of whether the content owner is also the owner of the Apple TV box. So rather than have to stream purchases from an iPhone or iPad to a friend’s Apple TV, for example, users will be able to stream directly from the cloud to the box. It’s not exactly groundbreaking, but users can expect to get their hands on this new feature next Wednesday.
It might not be the “iTV” everyone is waiting for, but Apple seemingly has plans to launch an updated version of its Apple TV sometime in the near future. According to a report from global trade specialist Panjiva, Apple has provided the U.S. Department of Homeland Security with three bills of lading for product shipments from China that were labeled as either “Set Top Boxes” and “Set Top Box with Communication Function.” The shipments came from BYD Precision Manufacture in Shenzhen, China, which is a known Apple supplier. Apple’s press conference on September 10th will focus on its new iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, of course, but it looks like a refreshed Apple TV will share the stage with those two headliners next week.
It’s not a rumor, but a fact that Apple is looking at bringing a game-changing TV experience out of Cupertino. We just don’t know when or how. Or do we? Generally when the Apple TV is discussed, it takes the form of either the current Apple TV, which is a set-top box, or an Apple-branded high-definition television set. I am still not convinced Apple will make its own television, though it’s certainly possible. However, a company that prides itself on the end experience would face many obstacles with a 46-inch or even larger TV. More →
It’s not quite the “Apple TV” news the world has been waiting for, but current Apple TV owners on Tuesday found themselves with a variety of fresh new content to stream to their televisions via Apple’s set-top box. As 9to5Mac reports, several new apps hit Apple TV as part of an over-the-air (OTA) update on Tuesday, including the Disney Channel and music video giant Vevo. Also included in Apple’s new update are a Weather Channel app, a Smithsonian app and a Disney XD app. As noted by AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka, The Weather Channel’s app provides on-demand content but it will also stream live Weather Channel reports during big storms.
Apple is close to a deal with Time Warner Cable to give subscribers access to television content on Apple TV devices, Bloomberg reports. Both companies are said to interested in a deal, which could potentially be announced within the next few months. Apple has also poached a senior vice president from Hulu, Pete Distad, who was in charge of marketing and distribution to assist the company in negotiations with various media and cable companies. Apple is interested in beefing up its content offerings to better compete with streaming devices such as Roku, and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Sony’s PlayStation 3 gaming systems. The company most recently brought HBO Go and WatchESPN apps to the Apple TV.
Apple on Wednesday announced that the HBO GO and WatchESPN apps are now available on Apple TV. The company also added support for news channel Sky News, East Asian media channel Crunchyroll and music channel Qello. Apple TV users now has access to more than 60,000 movies and 230,000 TV shows from the iTunes Store as well as content providers like Hulu and Netflix. More →
Tim Cook revealed on Tuesday at the AllThingsD: D11 conference that Apple has now sold more than 13 million second-generation Apple TV devices. Even more impressive, the CEO noted that roughly half of those devices were sold in the past year alone. Philip Elmer-DeWitt of Fortune crunched the numbers and found that Apple controls more than half of the digital media receiver market. Not including dedicated gaming systems such as the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, Apple TV has a 71% share of the market. The popular Roku box has sold more than 5 million units, giving it a 27% share of the market, and the Boxee Box sold about 200,000 units, for a 1% share, before it was discontinued last summer.
Apple’s ‘iTV’ said to launch this year with ‘major innovation that will revolutionize the TV experience’
Apple’s (AAPL) own-brand HDTV has reportedly been in the works for years now, and it will finally debut later this year according to a new report. Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, who has reported accurate details about unannounced Apple products in the past, is currently meeting with supply chain sources in China and Taiwan. During his travels, the analyst gleaned information from unnamed sources that has him convinced that Apple will finally launch its “iTV” in the second half of 2013. And beyond the inevitable excitement among Apple fans as the company enters a new market, White says Apple’s HDTV will include some innovative new features that will make it a game-changer. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) much rumored own-brand HDTV is among several highly anticipated new opportunities that industry watchers expect to help reverse investor sentiment once it launches. But according to a recent survey of 3,910 consumers polled by online buying guide Retrevo, high interest in Apple’s upcoming “iTV” won’t necessarily translate into sales. 69% of all people surveyed said they might consider a purchase of an HDTV from Apple, and that number shot up to 81% among those polled who were already iPhone or iPad owners. But only 15% of shoppers said they would “feel comfortable” buying an Apple television, compared to 39% who would feel comfortable buying a Sony (SNE) TV and 51% comfortable with Samsung (005930) TVs. On the plus side, however, 22% of those polled (and 30% of current iPhone and iPad owners) said they would hold off on buying a TV from another vendor if they knew Apple planned to unveil an HDTV of its own.