In light of CEO Tim Cook’s newfound “intense interest” in fixing up today’s backwards TV experience, Apple (AAPL) is reportedly preparing to update its second- and third-generation Apple TV boxes with Bluetooth support, according to 9to5Mac. The news comes from an analysis of the latest beta Apple TV beta software and suggests a wireless keyboard can be attached to make media controls and search much easier – a move that mirrors Google’s (GOOG) Google TV. But, there’s a catch – Bluetooth will reportedly be limited remote control input support and won’t support accessories such as Bluetooth speakers. More →
As Apple (AAPL) bulls insist that the company plans to launch an own-brand HDTV next year, again, plugged-in former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassee isn’t convinced. In his weekly Monday Note column, Gassee writes that industry watchers have misinterpreted recent comments from CEO Tim Cook, and blown things out of proportion. More →
On Thursday, Barron’s reported Jefferies analyst James Kisner labeled Apple’s (AAPL) rumored HDTV launch as “imminent” based on his talks with various cable industry sources. AllThingsD’s John Paczkowski isn’t buying the rumor, though. Paczkowski says that Apple has definitely been talking with cable companies about a new product, possibly including TimeWarner Cable, but he doesn’t believe an HDTV is release is “imminent.” He says Apple has “already steered analysts away from the notion that it will have something to say about a TV solution soon” and that if Apple did have an HDTV up its sleeve and ready to ship almost immediately, it would have already alerted “TV programmers about new arrangements, and we haven’t heard anything along those lines.”
It looks like Apple (AAPL) really might be cooking up its biggest screen yet. Via Barron’s, Jefferies analyst James Kisner released a research note today claiming that the launch of Apple’s long-rumored high-definition television set was “imminent.” Kisner said he talked with several cable industry sources who said that at least one cable company is “is working to estimate how much additional capacity may be needed for a new Apple device on their broadband data network.” Needless to say, an “imminent” product announcement would be somewhat surprising since past rumors suggested that an Apple self-branded HDTV wouldn’t launch until 2014 or even not at all.
Apple (AAPL) typically doesn’t stream its press conferences live to the public, but the company will make an exception for its iPad mini unveiling later today. Under the heading “Apple Event,” Apple has added a new entry for an “Apple Special Event” on the Apple TV that is set to stream live beginning at 1:00 p.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT. Apple is expected to announce a number of new products beyond the iPad mini including new Mac computers, an updated version of iTunes and an updated third-generation iPad with a Lightning port and an optically bonded display. Live blogs will be great for catching bits an pieces of today’s event, but for those who want to see all the action as it unfolds and hear the news straight from the horse’s mouth, Apple’s event channel is free for all Apple TV owners. More →
There have been numerous reports regarding Apple’s (AAPL) rumored high-definition television set. Some analysts have claimed that the Cupertino-based company would announce a self-branded HDTV later this year, while others have suggested that the device will not launch until some time in 2013 or even 2014. Earlier reports have also stated that rather than release an HDTV, the company will focus on its Apple TV box and include features such as a cloud-based DVR service, social sharing and an icon-based user interface. Bloomberg now reports that Apple won’t be releasing any new TV products this year, however, due to failed content negotiations with cable providers. More →
Rumors surrounding the launch of an own-brand HDTV from Apple (AAPL) heated up earlier this year, and a number of reports suggested the device might launch as soon as the fourth quarter. A more recent report from Piper Jaffray even suggested the device is already in production. According to Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves, however, comments that came directly from Apple executive Eddie Cue suggest that the company has no plans to rock the TV business any time soon. More →
Apple (AAPL) rocked the smartphone industry when it launched the iPhone in 2007 and it built an entirely new market when it released the first truly successful consumer tablet in 2010. Next stop: TV. Rumors surrounding Apple’s imminent entrance into the television industry have been swirling for more than a year, and recent reports suggest Apple may enter the market first with a new version of Apple TV capable of replacing cable companies’ set-top boxes, followed by the launch of an own-brand HDTV. Cable service providers reportedly aren’t yet sold on Apple’s vision but according to Barclays, they would be wise to jump on board as soon as possible. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) vision of the future of television is starting to get interesting. According to recent reports, the Cupertino-based company is in talks with cable providers and content owners regarding a future Apple TV that could be used as a set-top box. Key features would include cloud-based DVR service, social integration and the popular iOS user interface, but it is unclear whether or not content companies are biting. What is clear, according to analysts with Sanford C. Bernstein and Co., is that even if Apple is successful in launching the new service, it will never stack up to the iPhone. More →
In a research note to investors on Friday, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek wrote that Apple‘s (AAPL) rumored iPad mini and “iTV” are both already being assembled by Apple’s manufacturing partners. The analyst notes that even though July is a historically flat month, Foxconn’s (2317) revenues were up 5% from June, leading Misek to believe the iPad mini is responsible. Additionally, Taiwanese sales data from July and information from his own sources revealed that Apple has increased iPad mini orders from 18 million units to 25 million for the September quarter, and more than 30 million units for the December quarter. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) plan to take over our living rooms starts with a cloud-based DVR service, social sharing features and an icon-based user interface, The Wall Street Journal reports. Following up the paper’s earlier report, which reiterated news from earlier this year surrounding Apple’s negotiations with television service providers, the Journal cited multiple unnamed sources in claiming Apple has big plans for the live TV service it is currently pitching alongside its vision of the next-generation Apple TV set-top box. Among the key features are global cloud-based DVR service, which would allow users to watch any show on-demand at any time once it has begun airing; a user interface similar to the one seen on the company’s iPhone and iPad; and social features that would allow users to share TV shows through services like Twitter. The Journal also reiterated that Apple is currently negotiating directly with content owners and not just with service providers. More →
Apple (AAPL) is currently speaking with major cable companies in the United States about allowing their subscribers to use the Apple TV as a set-top box, a recent report claims. Citing multiple unnamed sources, The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday evening reported that Apple is negotiating with a number of the nation’s largest cable TV providers regarding using Apple TV in place of provider-supplied hardware. “The talks represent Apple’s most ambitious crack at infiltrating the living room after years of trying,” the Journal’s Jessica Vascellaro and Shalini Ramachandran wrote, noting that Time Warner Cable (TWC) is among the companies being courted by Apple. More →
We have heard from a source that Apple will be introducing a TV SDK at WWDC next week. This would enable third-party developers to create software for Apple’s TV products. BGR reported late last month that Apple has plans to demonstrate an all new TV operating system during its WWDC keynote next week. For more information, head to our WWDC 2012 article.
UPDATE: Apple did not introduce a TV SDK at WWDC this year, though we’re told “it’s coming.”