New Apple TV with Apps & Siri Coming in June
Apple is planning on releasing an all new Apple TV set-top box this summer, according to a report from Buzzfeed. The new Apple TV is said to feature a redesign, all new hardware components, an App Store, and Siri.
Updates to the device will apparently include significantly larger internal storage capacity, presumably to accommodate app and media downloads, and the hardware is expected to be powered by an A8 CPU or a variation thereof, the chip which currently powers iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. BuzzFeed suggests the physical enclosure will get a redesign as will the remote control used to manage the device.
The revised Apple TV is apparently set to be unveiled at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference which Apple hosts in June. The report also says the new Apple TV will include an SDK allowing developers to create apps specifically for the television box, making the WWDC debut appropriate. It’s unclear, but this could suggest an Apple TV App Store will be different from the general iOS App Store, though that remains to be seen if apps from, say an iPhone or iPad, will be able to run on Apple TV, or vice versa.
Given the rumors of a streaming TV service from Apple, a new Apple TV set-top box would make considerable sense to offer such a service on.
There have long been rumors of apps, games, and Siri coming to the Apple TV, but thus far nothing has panned out.
Current generation Apple TV models were recently repriced at $69, though it’s suggested a new Apple TV may cost more, perhaps closer to the original $99 which Apple TV has long been priced at.