Tag Archive: apple tv rumors

Apple TV 4: new user interface, motion-sensitive remote, A8 processor, coming next month

apple-tv-concept
Share this:

The fourth generation Apple TV, like the iPhone 6s, is no longer a secret. This device has been in the works for years and finally we expect for it to be announced next week at Apple’s special media event. Besides a new form factor, we will see a redesigned user interface, completely revolutionary remote control, support for iOS functions and a price for under $200.

Apple TV concept

Apple TV concept by Martin Hajek

The new Apple TV will have a similar design for its body, like its predecessor, with a redesigned and more simplified remote control. The box will be slimmer, wider and primarily made of plastic. It will be powered by the A8 processor, which is the same processor in the iPhone 6, and have the much faster and efficient Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity. The storage capacity will be 8GB, like its predecessor, but Apple is considering a 16GB model as well. The back of the box will have the usual ports: power, HDMI connector and USB port for connecting to the Mac.

The dark gray/black metal remote control will be motion-sensitive similar to the Wii remote with multi-axis sensors and it will use Bluetooth to connect to the box. The controller will be thicker and bigger than the current remote with a touchpad on the top, two physical buttons (one is the Home button and the other is for Siri) on the bottom, rocker buttons for volume and a microphone for Siri. It may even have a headphone jack in it. In addition, Apple is opening up the platform by providing support for more complex and console-style remotes. Third-parties can create game controllers with more buttons and joysticks to interact with the content on the Apple TV.

Apple TV concept

Apple TV concept by Andrew Ambrosino

For the software of the Apple TV, there is a redesigned user interface with support for Siri, an App Store and home automation. The Apple TV will run a custom version of iOS 9 so it will feel consistent to the experience on the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch when iOS 9 is released publicly this month. There will be a system-wide search bar that will allow users to find results from multiple apps. For example, searching for “The Office” will pull videos from YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, iTunes Store and more. In addition, the Apple TV will be receiving its own App Store. The software development kit (SDK) for developers will be available following the announcement so there will apps populating the App Store when the Apple TV is released next month. The box will support voice search, home automation and more through Siri. She will be activated using the special button on the remote, or likely by saying “Hey, Siri” (as hinted by the event invitation.) Finally, the Apple TV is rumored to have support for HomeKit, which will allow it serve as the central hub for home automation.

Apple TV concept by Andrew Ab

Apple TV concept by Andrew Abrosino

Besides offering on-demand TV and movies, the Apple TV is also rumored to have a streaming TV service. The service will initially have twenty-five channels which will be anchored by major networks and be available for about $30-$40 per month. This will unfortunately not be announced at the event next week as Apple is still in talks with programmers about their service so we anticipate the release date will either be later 2015, or more than likely, 2016. Apple is also reportedly exploring original TV and movie content that they may included in the future on the streaming service.

When the new Apple TV is announced next week, rumors suggest that Apple will be continuing to sell the third-generation Apple TV. This older model will be able to access the Internet TV streaming service when it’s released next year, but it will not have access to the App Store or Siri. The price will remain at $69, while the new Apple TV will be $149 and it will be released in October.

Apple TV shipping times delayed could hint at WWDC refresh

Share this:

Ahead of the possible refresh at Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June, some places are reporting that Apple TV shipping times have slipped to 1-2 weeks. The set top box, which was last updated in March 2012, recently saw a price decrease to $69. The slipping shipping times and the reduced price could correlate with the rumored hardware and software updates that we are expecting in June.

appletvtouch_2

It has been rumored for a couple of months that Apple is working on refreshing the Apple TV at WWDC. The new box will be slimmer than previous generations, be controlled with a more capable and tactile remote and powered by the A8 processor. In terms of software, we may see a new user interface with support for Siri, HomeKit and the App Store. Apple is also rumored to be working on an Internet TV streaming service that will come with about twenty-five channels and be available for $30-$40/month.

The reduced price and new shipping times may not be related at all, or Apple may be trying to sell off the rest of its stock ahead of the fourth-generation Apple TV that may be coming out in June.

The WWDC Keynote will take place on June 8th, 2015.

Source: AppAdvice

Related: Apple TV Rumors

Apple is reportedly launching TV streaming service in fall with 25 channels

Share this:

appletvtouch_2

Earlier this week, it was reported in The Wall Street Journal that Apple is in talks with programmers to offer a web TV service on the Apple TV and other iOS devices. This service would be limited to about 25 channels to start, which is a “slimmed down bundle of TV networks” and it would cost about $30-$40/month.

Citing people familiar with the matter, the WSJ said that major broadcasters would be the anchor of the service and there will be twenty-five channels initially. The first channels would be offered by ABC, CBS and FOX. Apple is also reportedly talking to Disney, Discovery, which is the owner of the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and TLC, and Viacom, the owner of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon. We expect that the new HBO Now channel will also be included in the twenty-five. Due to the falling out last year with Comcast, the parent company of NBC, this channel will likely not be available anytime soon.

A few media executives spoke to the WSJ about Apple’s TV service and they expect it to be offered for around $30-$40 per month. This compares to the Sling television streaming service, which only costs $20 and is available on multiple platforms and devices, but is limited to seventeen total channels. Apple’s service will be limited to their iOS devices, like the iPad and Apple TV.

credit: WSJ

credit: WSJ

The service will be shown off at the Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in early June and released to the pubic in September alongside the iPhone 6s and iOS 9. We should also see a redesigned Apple TV in early fall as well.

iPad event expectations

Share this:

There are less then 12 hours remaining until Apple’s next special media event where they are expected to announce the next-generation iPads, updated Macs, iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay release dates and a surprise product.

iPads

credit: Martin Hajek

An iPhone 6-inspired concept for the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3.

It is no surprise that there will be new tablets announced at Apple’s event today. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, which are the confirmed names, will feature a similar design to their predecessors and a few new updated components.

For the iPad Air 2, rumors have suggested it will be a little thinner, but still have mostly the same design.  New external features, like single row of speaker holes and recessed buttons, will help the tablet to lose a few millimeters.  Apple is also rumored to move the microphone from the top center to the left side, next to the camera. The mute/sound switch may be taken off completely.  For internal specs, we expect 2GB of RAM, A8X processor with M8 co-processor, 8MP camera, Touch ID Home button and more updated internal components.

The iPad mini 3 will have the same design as it’s predecessor and only gain internal upgrades. Besides the new Touch ID sensor on the Home button, not much else is known about the tablet.

 

Macs

The current iMac, credit: Apple

The current iMac, credit: Apple

Although we typically only focus on mobile devices on Device Geek Blog, we can’t ignore that Apple is planning on announcing a few new Macs at their event. The 27-inch iMac is rumored to get a 5K Retina display, which would double its current resolution, we will find out the release date for OS X Yosemite and other software like the new Photos app for Mac and iLife and see an updated Mac mini.

 

iOS 8.1 and Apple Pay

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

Apple Pay works with the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch.

Leaked internal documents for some of the retailers who will support Apple Pay showed the release date for their store. Walgreens said it would be on Saturday, October 18th and Panera Bread said it would be Monday, October 20th.  Regardless of when stores will start allowing it, this means that Apple will likely launch iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay immediately following the event (or within a few hours).

 

Surprise Product

The current generation iPod touch has the A5 processor.

The current generation iPod touch has the A5 processor.

On the event invitation, Apple wrote “it’s been way too long.” It is believed that this line is referring to the Mac since it has been a while since the Mac mini or iMac have been updated.  The invitation also uses the apple outline from when Apple celebrated 30 years of Mac so this screams Mac.  There are other products, though, that haven’t been updated for a long time. For example, the last major update for iPod happened alongside the announcement of the iPhone 5 in 2012. The iPod touch is still rocking the single-core A5 processor. For comparison, the iPhone 6 has an dual-core A8 chip, which is a lot more advanced, has 64-bit architecture and comes with a M8 co-processor. The Apple TV also hasn’t been updated since March 2012 at the iPad 3 event.  It has the A5 processor as well. Apple, finally, may also be launching new Smart Covers for the iPad Air and iPad mini in new colors. Although it’s not as exciting as the iPod or Apple TV.

 

iPad Pro? Retina MacBook Air?

We likely won’t see either of these until 2015. Apple may hold an event in the beginning of the year, like they did in January 2012 when they announced textbooks on iPad.  The event may be focused on education as well, aiming the new hardware to educational institutions, students and professors.

Rumor/News Roundup: Apple vs. Samsung Trial, Mockups Galore, iWatch and Apple TV

4.7" iPhone 6 front
Share this:

Here are the latest news and rumors from this past week:

Apple vs. Samsung Trial Results

The verdict is in for the trial between Samsung and Apple.  Although this is only the second trial and there will likely be more to follow as both companies release new products, this one resulted with Samsung being guilty of infringing on three patents and Apple infringing upon one.  Although Apple was suing Samsung for $2.2 billion in damages, Samsung was ruled by the jury to pay only $119 million.  Since Apple was ruled to also be infringing upon one of Samsung’s patents, it was ruled to pay $158,400 in damages.  For a breakdown of the patents infringed upon, check out iDownloadBlog’s report.

120808110436-do-not-use-apple-secrets-intro-gallery-horizontal

(more…)

LifeTime, A&E and The History Channel Added to Apple TV

Apple TV
Share this:

Apple TV has received some new channels on Monday including LifeTime, A&E and The History Channel.  Cable subscribers have full access to shows on these channels, like Duck DynastyPawn Stars, Project Runway, The Bible and Vikings.  Those without cable subscriptions can view previews of the shows.

Apple TV

Apple TV

A lot of channels have been added to Apple TV in the past year such as, Disney Junior, The Weather Channel, a Smithsonian channel, Crackle and Bloomberg.  Sometimes the added channels are ones we aren’t interested in having and end up taking up space.  To hide channels on Apple TV (OS 6.1), hold the Select button until icons jiggle, then tap the Play/Pause button to bring up a menu to hide channels.  Hidden channels can be reactivated in the Settings app.  In previous OS versions, you must hide the channels in the Settings app.

 

Check out the latest rumors for the next generation Apple TV on the Rumors page and make sure you follow the blog (right side of the page) to get emails every time there’s a new post (about 3-8 times per week).

iPad to Get Touch ID, Apple TV to get App Store

Apple's 2014 Roadmap by KGI Securities Analyst, Ming Chi Kuo
Share this:

KGI Securities analyst, Ming Chi Kuo, released a report recently detailing the technical specifications for the iWatch, iPhone 6, iPad and Apple TV.  The report is based on sources inside Apple’s supply chain.  In the past, he has been very accurate with other products so the details below will likely be spot on with their respective products.

Apple's 2014 Roadmap by KGI Securities Analyst, Ming Chi Kuo

Apple’s 2014 Roadmap by KGI Securities Analyst, Ming Chi Kuo

iPad Air 2

The second generation iPad air (or sixth generation iPad for those of you keeping track) will be updated this year.  Since the iPad was redesigned last year, it is unlikely Apple will offer major external changes.  Instead, Apple will add Touch ID (introduced on the iPhone 5s), A8 processor and an 8MP camera (also on the iPhone 5s).

iPad with Touch ID

iPad with Touch ID, credit: MacRumors

iPad Mini with Retina

The second generation iPad mini, which was released last fall, included a Retina display with a similar body.  This year’s model will include Touch ID, the A8 processor and a similar form factor.  Kuo also says that the first generation model will likely be cheaper (I’m hoping for $229).

iPad mini with Touch ID, credit: Cult of Mac

iPad mini with Touch ID, credit: Cult of Mac

iPad Pro

Recent rumors said this iPad would not be coming out until 2015 due to supply constraints and other problems.  Kuo supports this rumor and believes it will also come with a touch pad.

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a MacBook Air, credit: MacRumors.

One of the iPad pro concepts sitting next to a MacBook Air, credit: MacRumors.

 

Apple TV

Although a full-sized Apple TV is not expected this year (at least by Kuo), he does say that the set-top box will be getting its own App Store and motion control technology (like found on the Xbox Kinect system). If it does get an App Store, it will support gaming (as confirmed by Financial Times).

App Store for Apple TV

App Store for Apple TV