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We are finally going to see the long-rumored update to Apple’s set-top box this fall, reports BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski. The well-connected journalist says sources have informed him that the company plans to introduce a new Apple TV in September.

Pacszkowski says to expect a slimmer chassis and new internals, anchored around Apple’s A8 processor. He also says the remote has been “drastically improved” with a built-in touchpad for input, and there will be a native App Store and developer kit.

Of course, we’ve heard this all before. In fact it was Pacszkowski who reported in March that we’d see the updated Apple TV at WWDC, and that never materialized. It seems Apple decided to devote its June keynote to iOS 9, El Capitan and Apple Music.

It sounds like everything is on track for September, though. The device will likely share an event with this year’s new iPhones, just ahead of the holiday shopping season, and is expected to facilitate Apple’s new TV service, which is also due out this fall.

Source: BuzzFeed

  • John Wickham

    The day I start believing BuzzFeed’s predictions is the day Tim Cook buys a Galaxy.

    • Melvco

      I can understand the sentiment, given BuzzFeed’s penchant for listicles, but their news division is actually pretty solid and John P. has one of the most accurate track records in Apple reporting.

      • Mike Colacone Saal

        He’s nothing like your favorite security analyst, Cody! Haha

  • Marcus

    This should’ve been a much higher priority than the Apple Watch. Every Apple user is going to buy this for their TV, but not every Apple user is going to buy an Apple Watch.

    • iBanks

      Curious as to how you figure every Apple user will buy this for their TV when not every Apple user has an Apple TV now. Nor does every Apple user has an iPhone either.

      • Marcus

        The Apple TV now isn’t exactly that useful. It’s primary purpose is to just stream movies and tv shows from select services. That includes iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and tv channel apps like FOX NOW, HBO GO, etc. It’s not very enticing when people know they can watch these things on their cable tv subscription, their computer, or on another media/entertainment player. The current Apple TV can’t get very competitive with other services because it doesn’t have a lot to offer. So, it’s sort of the forgotten Apple product. Most of the people I know don’t know something called “Apple TV” exists. Apple needs to rebuff the Apple TV and make people really want go buy it like when a new iPhone comes out. A new Apple TV would be much different.

        Also, when I think of an Apple user I think of someone that has an iPhone & Mac. Those are sort of the necessity tech products. A tablet is an extra thing to get and so is anything else. I think that the majority of Mac users have iPhones and the majority of iPhones users have Macs. It’s not a perfect number though.

      • Mark S

        It’s very useful to me. I don’t have cable and won’t pay for it. I get lots of free TV and news this way. I love my first gen apple tv much better as it houses a 2tb library of movies and tv shows. Too bad the new ones can’t use an external drive. Don’t want to waste my bandwidth streaming everything around the house.

      • Marcus

        Wow, I had no idea that you could connect external storage to the original Apple TV. That’s super useful.

    • Mark S

      I would hazard a guess that MOST apple users won’t buy this watch.

      • Marcus


  • Eikast

    4K or bust. Most TV manufactures high end TVs are now 4K only.

    • iBanks

      4K only? I have doubts on that, not all content is available in such an great resolution.

      • Eikast

        “High end”. Meaning TVs that have the latest features. Aka they’re try to push 4K TVs so that more consumers buy them. Content is limited

      • Blip dude

        Pff, I’m just now adapting 720p and 1080p in our households, I’ll pass on the 4K. In no way is it a gimmick (I’ve seen 4K in action), but in no way is it probably a priority for most.

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        It is a gimmick if you set at least 10 feet away from your TV.

      • Mark S

        Completely agree with you. Just purchased a 40″ 720p and it’s plenty for us. 4K TV sounds like as much a joke as that stupid curved TV that came out a little while ago. People can have their bleeding edge, they’re crazy. Always hopping onto the next thing and never enjoying what they have.

      • Niclas

        Thats what people said when blu-ray arrived and dvd was plenty “enough”…

      • M_Hawke

        I would agree that 720p or 1080p is still plenty adequate. However, I am thoroughly enjoying my 75″ Sony 4K! The picture is astounding and it upconverts HD and Bluray beautifully. The limited 4K videos are spectacular and I can’t wait until 4K becomes mainstream. This TV will last me for years.

    • Rak S

      4K represents a very small portion of the market at present and very little actual content is streamed in 4K. streaming, I presume, will be the cornerstone of this product. I’d expect this to be 1080P with a 4 K revision within 2 years, when more 4 K content is available.

  • Julian

    Hopefully App Store on ATV3? is there any chance of this happening?

    • Marcus

      The Apple TV 3 uses an A5 processor and the new Apple TV will supposedly use an A8 processor according to this article. I don’t think that the Apple TV 3 will be powerful enough to run the new OS with an App Store. It might be, but Apple probably will make people buy the new TV which sucks.

      • Julian

        Yea im not betting on it but it would be nice. A5 devices are getting iOS9 so that’s why I’m wondering.

      • Marcus

        A5 devices are getting iOS 9 because iOS 9 is going to be able to run very smoothly on A5 devices. It’s supposedly going to be faster than iOS 8, so therefore much more stable. I’m just not sure with the Apple TV though.

      • ericesque

        Agreed. My guess is that Apple will use 64bit support as a cutoff for the ATV store. A5 and A5X chips that found their way into ATVs are 32 bit.

      • Marcus

        This would make a lot of sense.

      • Lucus Bendzsa

        This makes total sense. Asa developer myself 32 hit and 64 but versions are annoying.

      • Jon20

        I hope so too. The only reason I think it will work is because since they dropped the price for ATV3; and with their new TV feature releasing, they want plenty of people to have access to it.

      • Marcus

        Or they want to get rid of all of the Apple TV’s that they have in stock because they’re preparing for the release of a new TV. What you said could also be the case though. Probably a combination of both.

    • They could easily put an App Store on atv3 but they’ve chosen to hold out. Made no sense at all why they didn’t just make it. It has plenty of power to run applications.

    • Chindavon

      If the new TV is introduced with an actual App Store, I’m going to say 100%, the ATV3 will be supported. I’m sure Apple doesn’t want to cause fragmentation and having an App Store is not going to eat up performance on older models.

      • Marcus

        If they were to release an App Store on older molders, developers could always make it so older Apple TV users couldn’t download their power hungry app.

  • James G

    Hard hitting journalists over at BuzzFeed…the home of 10 Things You Do that People Hate on Facebook.

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  • Brandon Higgins

    Makes sense though. By then home kit may be kicking off and the appstore will have all the apps to setup the smart appliances.

  • Michael Pearlman

    Is it realistic to hope someone could release a jailbreak along the way? Wondering if the problem with jail breaking atv3 would be the same with this? Any thoughts?

  • Nath_12_22

    great i just bought yesterday apple tv

    • Take it back!

      • iPhoneWINS

        me too not taking it back..

  • Dan

    Would be about time, if they do this.

  • M_Hawke

    I think the Apple TV may become more viable than the Watch. Streaming TV has changed a ton since the first ATV came out with Roku, Chromecast, and Fire TV. It really needs a revamp and it could really take off. We use our ATV 3 on a daily basis for Netflix, YouTube, etc. and can’t beat AirPlay.

  • Dante Arellano

    Ja the hope never did poor jeff…

  • arrianadavis

    Great article. For those who live outside US like me, you can access Netflix, Hulu and similar media stations on your Apple TV by using UnoTelly or similar tools.

  • I’ll believe any of these rumors once I actually see Apple announcing it. There have been way too many of these aTV rumors and I’m done getting my hopes up.

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