April 8, 2014
It’s no secret that Apple is working on a new Apple TV. Now there’s proof Cupertino is working with cable providers to bring the device to market. In a new FCC filing from Comcast and Time Warner about the companies' upcoming merger, there’s mention that Apple is developing a new “hobby” device, according to Business Insider. The key paragraph is as follows:
Today, Google competes as a network, video, and technology provider, and 8 out 9 of the next Google Fiber markets the company announced are in Comcast or TWC areas. Apple tablets are viewing platforms for cable services even while Apple offers an online video service, Apple TV, and explores development of an Apple set-top box. Microsoft just announced that it will feature ads on the Xbox One, creating a new video advertising platform. And just last week, Amazon announced its own set-top box while it continues to leverage its unequaled sales platform and family of competitive tablets to promote its burgeoning Prime Instant Video business.At one time, it looked like Cupertino would launch a new Apple TV this spring. However, Comcast’s February announcement of its intent to purchase Time Warner might have disrupted, or at least delayed, those plans. Most likely, the next Apple TV will now be announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference, which begins on June 2. See also: The NBC App For iOS Now Offers AirPlay Streaming To Apple TV, The Amazon Fire TV Review: The Good And The Bad And What It Means For Apple, and Why Apple’s WWDC This Year Could Be Extra Special.