Rumors have been circling around over the past few weeks that a new Apple TV is on its way from Apple. Specifically, a report indicated that the third-generation Apple TV will be announced at Apple’s media event in California, March 7th.

Today, that rumor seems to gain credibility as MacTrast discovered perhaps the shipping date for the new Apple TV, leaked unintentionally by Apple on its website. While trying to order a new Apple TV, the publication found that the current generation is out of stock, and the earliest shipping date for is March 8th…

As you can see, the order page for the Apple TV says “Delivers March 8th”. Today’s rumor could indicate that a new Apple TV will be announced at the iPad 3 event, and it will ship one day after. The iPad 3 will most likely ship that weekend, or into the next week.

The newest Apple TV isn’t going to be the huge TV set that everyone’s been dying for, but rather similar to the current model with newer specs. The new Apple TV is rumored to pack an A5X processor, 1080p quality, Bluetooth 4.0, and the possibility of apps.

The $99 Apple TV is perhaps one of my favorite gadgets, so I certainly welcome a newer version. It is perfect for streaming Netflix, podcasts, and more whenever I want. I hope today’s rumors are coming true.

If Apple launched the third-generation Apple TV would you purchase it — even with the full TV set rumored for next year?

  • Anonymous

    This is probably the weakest evidence I’ve ever seen used to create a rumor

    • Hey thanks for the comment. Can you explain your reasoning? Apple and others have begun diminishing their Apple TV 2 stock and leaked that the Apple TV 3 is shipping the 8th. Why limit your stock if you’re not shipping a refresh?

      • Ignore them Jake.

      • Well, I just provided a proof if you approve my other comment with link to twitter pic in it 😛

      • Anonymous

        I’m not saying there isn’t going to be a new apple tv released. I believe it will be. But to assume the release date is march 8th because that is the estimated delivery date on an apple tv 2 order is a little flimsy.
        I can’t imagine Apple automatically upgrading someone’s order to a newer unannounced version. Also that is a delivery date w standard shipping. So even it’s announced the 7th the odds of it being at someone’s house with standard shipping the next day is unlikely.
        Delivery and shipping date are 2 different things.
        And unless I’m missing something in this article that screenshot is the only evidence you’re using to assume that it’ll be released the 8th. Like I said there is more than enough evidence to believe it’ll be announced on the 7th but that’s it.

      • “I can’t imagine Apple automatically upgrading someone’s order to a newer unannounced version.”

        Curiously, I can’t imagine Apple idiotically sending an old/expired/unrefreshed item when there a newer version available to that date. Just a thought. I mean wouldn’t that person want to just return it? To get the new one?

  • I agree with JerseyD, very weak evidence.. But yes, I’d buy one.

  • People still buy foxconn/apple products..? wow.

    • yep. this is an Apple blog after all 🙂

    • Paul Maniscalchi

      Foxconn manufactures products for companies including:

      Acer Inc.
      Apple Inc.
      Motorola Mobility
      Samsung Electronics

      I’ll be very suprised if any of the readers here have not purchased at least 1 thing recenty from any one of these companies . . .

    • Team troll to the rescue!

  • Anonymous

    This product is always going to be a big fat NO until Apple allow me to plug an external hard drive in and play my own media, are they so naive that they think people only want to rent and stream? or maybe they just don’t like giving people choice, I know which I think it is.

    • Anonymous

      You just need to jailbreak (there are step-by-step instructions on this site). Install XBMC. I stream everything off my NAS via the Apple TV and XBMC. It works great. Set up the built-in movie scrapers to get a nice cover flow of everything as well.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t want to stream mate, tbh what is the point in that, I can already stream from my pc .. The fact is it should have a usb port, just like their phones should adopt memory cards for upgrading storage but it is yet another way of Apple controlling its customers and that certainly isn’t for me.

  • Nice Try Jake, but that is absolutely not right. It was a approximate delivery date according to the shipping method selected. Want evidence? check this out:

  • I ordered a iPhone but they say delivery is exact March 8th, it must be the new iPhone why limit their stock if they are not shipping a refresh. Hope it have the new A6. And have ROOT access from start and Cydia preinstalled.

  • I brought 2 Apple TVs last week and returned them yesterday after hearing about the upcoming announcements.

  • Not only would I buy it, I’m specifically NOT buying until an Apple TV 3 is announced. What I really want to see is a native app store, but that might still be jumping the gun.

  • I just ordered mine based on this post. Ready for pick up @ my local Apple Store on March 9th. If its not the refreshed model I’ll just return it and maybe the new ipads will be on the floor.

  • Anonymous

    Nobody buy this until the jailbreak comes out for it…maybe 2-3 months? Hopefully won’t take longer.