by Brent Dirks
September 11, 2013
According to longtime Apple watcher MG Siegler, new Apple TV hardware will be unveiled next month. Here’s his complete tweet:
I guess those excited about a software refresh in a week are gonna be *really* excited when new Apple TV hardware is unveiled next month. — MG Siegler (@parislemon) September 11, 2013Siegler didn’t specify whether the hardware is a set-top box like previous versions or an actual standalone television set. But 9to5Mac says both types are being developed by Apple:
It is unclear what the form-factor of this new device is. We’ve independently heard of Apple working on both a full-fledged TV set and a revamped set-top-box that is similar in form-factor to the current model. But no matter the hardware design, we have been consistently hearing from our sources that Apple is thoroughly testing Xbox Kinect-like motion sensors for future TV-related products. When Apple plans to release motion-controlled TVs, however, is uncertain.There has been a large amount of conflicting information recently about Apple’s television initiative. Earlier this month, we reported on an interesting shipment of three mysterious packages to Apple that could possibly be some type of TV product. Even though Apple didn’t mention anything about the box during yesterday’s iPhone event, an impressive software update will launch for current devices next week alongside iOS 7. The software will bring a revamp to the AirPlay system that will allow users to play their iTunes content on other people’s systems. It will also bring support for iTunes Radio, Bluetooth 4.0, and the multi-display feature in OS X Mavericks. If Apple does unveil some type of new TV product, it will most likely do it during an event next month. The fifth-generation iPad and iPad mini 2 are also expected to make debuts then. So it looks like the unveiling of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c was just the beginning of an interesting fall season.