Rumors have been circulating for quite some time that Apple plans to eventually enter the television market in some way. Steve Jobs’ introduction of the Apple TV set-top box was a bold move, and showed that the living room is definitely a place Apple wants to be one way or another. But what about an actual television set? How would Apple change the way we watch TV, while still making a profitable and affordable device that everyone would feel inclined to buy? We really don’t know whether or not Apple even plans to enter the TV market. But if they did, would you be interested? (more…)
Apple is going to be announcing a new TV set-top box in April, if Bloomberg‘s sources are correct. The set-top box isn’t slated to be released until later in the year, though. Apple is still negotiating with video partners and content producers, but it seems as if this project is well underway. (more…)
Following a report from iLounge today, various other publications with solid track records have independently corroborated reports that the Apple TV will soon see a major update, and that games will be making their way to Apple’s set-top box. The most important of these sources is Mark Gurman over at 9to5mac. (more…)
The Apple TV, what was once considered simply one of Steve Jobs’ hobby projects, might finally receive the attention it deserves in the next couple of months if a report from iLounge is to be believed. Supposedly, the device may be finally getting its own App Store and proper game support, and said features may be coming as soon as March of this year. (more…)
Analysts are often very, very wrong. Need proof? The iPhone 5C was supposed to be cheap. The first-generation iPad mini was supposed to have a retina display. The Apple TV (as in an all-in-one display) was supposed to ship… well, a decade ago.
With that massive amount of salt added, the above chart has been presented by NPD DisplaySearch, a group responsible for speaking directly to the supply chain and reporting their findings. Those results were compiled in to the chart above, and would seem to suggest a few landmark announcements and reveals on the horizon. Perhaps most timely is the apparent confirmation that the next-generation iPad mini will indeed ship with a retina display. Other than that, both a 4K panel and a very small flexible AMOLED device appears slated for a late 2014 release.
In addition, it appears that production on a larger iPhone is slated to begin in Q2 of next year, which would validate rumors of a larger iPhone in roughly a year.
Announced at WWDC 2013 iTunes Radio is a new music streaming service from Apple. Similar to services such as Spotify and Pandora, iTunes Radio streams music from the largest of all online music stores with over 26 million songs (as of September 2012) to you from anywhere. Officially launching in the fall alongside the next-generation iPhone, iOS 7 and iTunes 11.1. iTunes Radio will be ad-free for iTunes Match subscribers at the cost of $25 a year while non-subscribers will have advertisements like “This is iTunes Radio” and limited amount of song skipping. (more…)
The release of iOS 7 beta 5 may be the big news today, but we have to cover our friends with Apple TV as well! Apple has released Apple TV beta 4, which can be downloaded via the Developer Center by registered members of Apple’s paid developer program. We’ll update this post as soon as we know more about its contents.
The rumored Apple television could still be pretty far off from being a reality, but let us not forget the Cupertino corporation’s first entry in to the set-top box space – the Apple TV. This morning, it appears the refurbished model of the latest generation, introduced in March of 2012, has been given made available on Apple’s online store. As of today, you can grab the latest model for just $75 plus applicable taxes – a $24 discount off retail.
With this in mind, however, I can’t with good conscious recommend you purchase the device. It has been more than a year since we’ve seen a refresh for Apple’s living room offering, and this is likely a last-minute effort to shove a bit of extra stock out the door. In light of Google’s Chromecast attempt to take over your TV, I would put money on Apple being interested in doing the same before the end of 2013.