For the past few years Apple has been rumored countless times to be planning an attack on the TV industry with an actual TV set of its own – often referred to as the “iTV.” The device could be a more serious product than Apple’s billion-dollar Apple TV hobby, but the company is yet to make such plans official. However, one more piece of the puzzle seems to have been uncovered: A company with expertise in high-resolution display technology that could be used for big screen TVs was forced to admit that one of its largest clients is Apple. More →
There’s no telling how long it will be before we finally see a refreshed Apple TV, but until Apple comes forward with an announcement, we’ll have to settle for putting together the pieces as they fall. The latest piece of evidence comes courtesy of 9to5Mac’s sources, who say that Apple Stores will be giving away $25 iTunes gift cards to anyone who purchases an Apple TV from February 28th to March 5th. If Bloomberg’s report of an April release is to be believed, this promotion could be one of the last we see before new hardware begins to hit store shelves. Unless you’re desperate to get your hands on an Apple-branded set-top box this very instant, it’s probably worth holding out on this offer and waiting for the 4th generation. More →
One of the more overlooked aspects of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner cable merger announced last week was how it would impact Apple’s plans for Apple TV. After all, Bloomberg reported right before the merger was announced that Apple was planning to unveil a major refresh to Apple TV in April and that it was working on a deal with Time Warner Cable to deliver content over its next-generation set-top box. However, now that Time Warner Cable is in the midst of getting bought up by Comcast, where does that leave things for Apple? More →
Apple is planning to do a major refresh of its Apple TV set-top box that it will unveil in April and will officially release in time for the holidays this year, Bloomberg reports. What will make the new version of Apple TV unique is that Apple is apparently working on a deal with Time Warner Cable to deliver content over the set-top box, which would represent the first such deal between Apple and a major cable provider. One of Bloomberg’s sources says that the new box “will have a faster processor than the previous version and an upgraded interface to make it easier for customers to navigate between TV shows, movies and other online content.” It’s interesting to note that Apple is apparently choosing to keep working with cable companies as we’d read earlier reports claiming that it had gotten fed up with cable providers and was negotiating directly with entertainment studios.
It looks like we won’t have to wait much longer to find out whether or not the next Apple TV will double as a gaming console. 9to5Mac has found references to a new model of the Apple TV hardware within the iOS 7 software build. The list of items includes “AppleTV2,1″ and “AppleTV3,1,” as well as the current model, “AppleTV3,2″ and the upcoming “AppleTV4,1.” This reference has been hidden inside of iOS 7 for months, but it was only recently discovered by 9to5Mac and developer Hamza Sood. The last hardware update from “3,1″ to “3,2″ was relatively minor — “4,1″ should be a major revision. There are also signs of game controller support, but there is the possibility that these are not connected to Apple TV functionality.
Apple has never really been much of a gaming company but that could change this year. iLounge is hearing that Apple is planning a major update for Apple TV sometime over the next two months that will add support for Bluetooth-equipped gaming controllers. What’s more, iLounge’s sources say that Apple wants to let users download iOS games directly to Apple TV instead of having to rely on using their iPhone or iPad. A move to put iOS games on the big screen would be a major move into the gaming sector for Apple, which for a long time has stayed away from investing in gaming. What will be particularly interesting to see is whether adding more game support to Apple TV will change the ambition and quality of games developed for iOS — in other words, if developers know that their games are more likely to be played on a big screen, they might be more likely to invest more in graphics and gameplay features.
Flipping through the back pages of “the front page of the Internet” often yields some real gems, and a recently posted thread packed full of tips and tricks for new Apple TV owners certainly fits the bill. When a Reddit user who received a new Apple TV as a Christmas gift posted a message to the Apple subreddit looking for “cool tips,” Redditors answered the call. The thread had more than 280 comments at the time of this writing and it is packed with plenty of great tips and tricks that new users and even some longtime Apple TV owners will find useful.
Here’s a collection of some of the best tips from the thread: More →
With all the talk of an Apple TV, a recent patent awarded to to the company suggests it may have even more ambitious plans for the living room in mind. Per Patently Apple, it seems that Apple has been granted a patent for a “desk-free” computer that relies on an intelligent projector that is packed with an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and depth sensor. Combined, these sensors can tell the projector how and where to project images and thus create a computer that would also be nearly completely wire-free. The patent proposes using inductive wireless charging or batteries to power the various parts of the computer. More →
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.