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    Apple TV 4 hardware revealed:A8 chip, black remote, 8/16GB storage, same ports, no 4K




    The fourth-generation Apple TV, set to be unveiled at an event on September 9th and released in October, will feature a mix of new and familiar hardware, according to reliable sources. While the new device will sport a much faster processor than the current Apple TV, a color-matched remote control, and a somewhat larger body, it will lack support for 4K video streaming and have the same basic ports as the third-generation model…

    The current Apple TV design, first released in late 2010, has 8GB of internal storage for caching media, and the fourth-generation boxes in testing surprisingly range from 8GB to 16GB of storage. We are told that Apple has considered two pricing strategies: the simultaneous release of a $149 base model with 8GB of storage alongside a $199 16GB model, or the release of the 16GB Apple TV alone at $149. In either case, Apple will offer a $149 Apple TV.

    While the new Apple TV will include an App Store for deep support for gaming, sources say that the limited storage offered by 8GB and 16GB flash memory is appropriate for the new model, as all content outside of applications will be streamed directly from the Internet. Additionally, the new Apple TV runs an iOS 9 core, and iOS 9 includes several new features for reducing the file size of App Store apps, including the ability to load games in level-sized chunks and stream rather than store videos within app binaries.

    Sources indicate that the new Apple TV will be powered by the A8 chip found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, coming in behind the A9-based iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. In iPhones, the A8 is notably less powerful than the A8X chip found in the iPad Air 2, which includes an additional processing core and improved graphics. Still, the A8 is a substantial upgrade from the single-core A5 chip in the current Apple TV, and may have been tweaked for improved performance given the presence of guaranteed wall (rather than battery) power.

    Besides touch support and motion control, we now know a bit more about the new remote control. Unlike the silver remote that comes with the current box, the new remote will be a dark gray/black color to better match the new box’s aesthetic. It will still be made of metal. Below the touchpad are a pair of tactile buttons (for Siri and the Home button), in addition to rocker buttons assumed to control volume levels.

    We’ve also learned that the new box includes the same ports as the current Apple TV box: including a plug for power, a standard HDMI connector, and a small USB port for troubleshooting and connecting to iTunes on a Mac. We reported previously that the new Apple TV would look similar to the older model, but will be taller and thicker. We’re also told that Apple is omitting 4K support for content streaming and AirPlay, despite the new iPhones being able to shoot video in that ultra high-resolution format.

    The new Apple TV will also include system-wide Siri support for universal search, as we explained in early August:


    Speaking of search, it sounds like one of the reasons behind making the new Apple TV software directly based on iOS 9 is for its new Proactive search support. In iOS 9, Proactive search brings new, more powerful and accurate system-wide search support. As Jeremy Horwitz also noted in March, one of the biggest omissions from the current Apple TV is system-wide search support. For example, a user cannot search for “James Bond” and see results across the iTunes Store, Netflix, the Crackle app, and the Apple Music library. Apple is said to be planning to fix that with the next-generation Apple TV software, but we are told that the company may wait to integrate the new search features until the Apple TV is populated with third-party applications.


    Altogether, the new Apple TV will be the first major update to the device in a long time, including a revamped operating system, Siri support, App Store, gaming focus, and all-new touch-based remote. Stay tuned as we’ll have more details leading up to the September 9th event, where the new iPhones with Force Touch will also be announced.





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    I am quite excited about this update. Hopefully the introduction of an ATV App Store will mean we will finally see the like of the BBC iPlayer and other catch-up channels here in the UK....the currently available channels are very US-centric at the moment. Also, any 'news' as to whether it will have an Ethernet port, or will it be wifi only? I am currently planning on having my house wired-up with Ethernet, primarily to support my Apple TVs.
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    Apple launches new gaming-centric Twitter account ahead of expected Apple TV refresh




    Apple activated a new Twitter account on Thursday dedicated to iOS App Store games and run by App Store editors, a move that some suggest could be tied to gaming capabilities for an expected Apple TV hardware refresh.

    The @AppStoreGames account will be controlled by App Store editors, meaning posts are likely to include more than just basic app advertisements. The feed promises to bring tips and tricks, game challenges and behind-the-scenes information about popular, and perhaps lesser-known, gaming titles.

    An Apple representative told the The Verge to expect profiles of gamers and sneak previews, features not usually seen on other Apple-owned Twitter accounts. The gaming feed will also be a hub from which editors can interact with game developers, the company said.

    The new account puts a focus on the App Store's bread-and-butter gaming section, while at the same time freeing up the general App Store Twitter feed to concentrate on non-gaming titles.

    The public push in gaming comes days before Apple is expected to unveil new Apple TV hardware at its annual iPhone event next week, leading some to believe the new Twitter account will be used to hype Apple TV games. Rumors and speculation suggest Apple is planning to build rich gaming functionality into the next-gen set-top streamer, including potential support for game controllers and a dedicated App Store.

    Apple is expected to discuss future plans for iOS, as well as debut new iPhone and Apple TV hardware, at a special event on Sept. 9.




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    Periscope live video viewing app in development for next-gen Apple TV - report




    Twitter's Periscope platform will come to the next-generation Apple TV in the form of a third-party app, to be available for download on the device's dedicated App Store, a new report reveals.

    Secret development of the alleged Periscope app for Apple TV was reported on Tuesday by TechCrunch. Unsurprisingly, it's expected that the new app will be focused on watching streams broadcast from portable devices like iPhones.

    It's unknown when the Periscope app is intended to launch, but Tuesday's report is the first indication of any third-party apps actively in development for the anticipated Apple TV refresh.

    Current developers would need for the product to become official and an accompanying development kit to be released before work could begin on third-party apps. It's likely that those developer-focused details will be revealed at tomorrow's event.

    Given the popularity of Periscope and its parent company, Twitter, it's not surprising that Apple would give its developers early access to an alleged Apple TV SDK.





    Downloadable third-party games are also expected to be a central focus for the new Apple TV App Store. It's believed that casual games will be playable with a new remote control, featuring a touchpad, microphone, and motion sensors for new input methods.

    Apps aside, previous reports have indicated that Apple also plans to address content discovery in the updated Apple TV with a new "universal search" feature. Using Siri, consumers would be able to enter the name of a program and find out where they can watch it, from a number of providers like Netflix and iTunes.

    The new Apple TV is expected to carry beefed-up internals that include a more powerful A-series processor, possibly the A8X found in the iPad Air 2. That and other changes – including the addition of a new remote control with a built-in microphone and touch pad – could bump the retail price as high as $150.

    All will be revealed on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, when Apple's media presentation will kick off in San Francisco. AppleInsider will be there live with exclusive coverage, and readers can install our official iOS app for live updates.





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    Apple TV's 'Apple Events' channel updated ahead of iPhone announcement




    Apple has updated its "Apple Events" Apple TV channel in preparation of Wednesday's expected iPhone unveiling, adding details about the venue and a timer counting down to a keynote livestream that starts at 10 a.m. Pacific.

    The update is identical to last year's Apple Events channel revamp for what turned out to be the introduction of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. For 2015, Apple is teasing its Siri virtual assistant as the show's focus, writing "Hey Siri, give us a hint" on press invitations that went out at the end of August.

    Aside from the countdown timer and brief event overview, the channel's icon now features the Siri-esque Apple logo graphic that first appeared on invites and later on flags and banners adorning Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco. The large 7,000-seat venue has been retrofitted with various decorations ahead of Wednesday's event, including a large Apple logo mounted on the building's ornate windows.

    While OS X, iOS and Apple TV device owners have for years had access to Apple's events livestream, this year's presentation marks the return of compatibility for Windows 10 users tuning in through the new Microsoft Edge browser.

    Apple is expected to announce next-generation iPhone handsets with Force Touch capabilities as well as new Apple TV hardware at today's event. Siri, the star of Apple's presentation, should play prominently with enhanced capabilities in iOS 9 and integration with a more robust Apple TV operating system. AppleInsider sources also say Apple's new smartphones will feature always-on "Hey Siri" voice activation.





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    I dig it. I do think that it's time to upgrade my Apple TV, so I'll be getting one launch day.
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    I think it has great potential. Not sure I will be upgrading on release day, but it will definitely be on my wish list.
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    New Apple TV uses USB-C for service, ditches optical audio out port




    The new Apple TV looks largely the same as its predecessors, but its ports around back have been revised, removing optical audio output, and using USB-C for restoring the device through its service port.

    The loss of optical audio out, in particular, could be upsetting to some home theater enthusiasts. While HDMI sends both audio and video over a single cable, copyright compliance requirements with HDMI can make it difficult or impossible for users to connect their headphones without the use of an intermediary receiver or HDTV with an optical out port.

    Optical audio out ports on devices like the third-generation Apple TV, as well as modern game consoles such as the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, make it possible for users to connect headphones directly to the device, without the need for a receiver or home theater system.

    Without a dedicated optical port on the fourth-generation Apple TV, those without a receiver looking to use headphones may be out of luck, as audio can only be sent out through the HDMI 1.4 port. Users with HDTVs that pass through audio via their own optical port, however, could still receive sound over headphones.

    The Apple TV also holds the distinction of being Apple's second device with a USB-C port, though most users likely won't access it. Unlike with the 12-inch MacBook, which uses the USB-C port for both charging and syncing, the USB-C connection on the Apple TV will only be used for diagnostics purposes.

    Other changes to the Apple TV are more significant: It features a much more capable 64-bit A8 processor, as well as storage capacities of 32 or 64 gigabytes, for $149 or $199, respectively. Wi-Fi connectivity has also been upgraded to 802.11ac, while the device still features a dedicated Ethernet port.





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    Siri on Apple TV will be restricted to just 8 of 80 launch countries




    When Apple announced its fourth-generation set-top box on Wednesday, the company put Siri front and center while proudly proclaiming that the new Apple TV would launch in 80 countries – but the erstwhile voice recognition system will come to just eight.

    Buried in the developer documentation for tvOS is confirmation that Apple will actually ship two Apple TV packages: one with the new Siri Remote and the other with what the company is calling the Apple TV Remote. Only consumers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Spain, the UK and the U.S. will receive the Siri Remote.

    All others will receive the Apple TV Remote, which – aside from not having access to Siri – is functionally identical. Pressing the Siri button on this secondary remote will bring up the onscreen search app, presumably allowing users to enter their query manually.

    There's no word on why Apple has limited Siri's availability, or how they chose which countries would be blessed first. Siri is currently available on iPhone and iPad in more than twice as many places.

    It's also unclear whether Apple TVs purchased outside of the initial eight will gain Siri access at a later date, via software or firmware update. Technical specifications show that the Siri Remote includes dual microphones, but those microphones are not shown on the Apple TV Remote, suggesting that a hardware change could be required.

    The developer documentation also reveals that Apple TV apps will be limited to 200 megabytes of on-device storage. Additional content can be dynamically downloaded from the App Store via iOS's on-demand resources functionality, with user data stored in CloudKit.

    This will not be a problem for most apps, but those with large asset libraries – like high-end games – will need to carefully consider their architecture so as not to cause delays for users.





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    Quote Originally Posted by JezzerP View Post
    I think it has great potential. Not sure I will be upgrading on release day, but it will definitely be on my wish list.
    I have no need for storage on this thing, so $150 is a fine price point for me to upgrade my 4 year old device to the 32GB version. I can't wait.
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