Apple rumored to unveil slimmer Apple TV with App Store and Siri in June

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John Paczowski of BuzzFeed reports Apple plans to show the rumored, redesigned, Apple TV this June at the World Wide Developers Conference, notably featuring an App Store and Siri.

The report echoes previous rumors, and Paczowski says Apple is finally ready to take the Apple TV from a “hobby” to a serious device through a significant overhaul to make it ready to take on the rest of the cluttered set-top box market.

Past new software, the new Apple TV box itself will feature an updated, slimmer design. Inside the device, the report says you’ll find Apple’s latest A8 system-on-chip (or at least a variant of it) and an increase in storage to house the upgraded operating system and app downloads from an App Store.

At WWDC, Apple will show off a new software kit that will allow developers to populate the Apple TV’s App Store with apps.

Paczowski is a former Recode and AllThingsD reporter who is well-connected into the world of Apple.

Apple’s plans for the television have been becoming more clear over the past few days, as the Wall Street Journal detailed Apple’s plans for a web TV service that will work on the Apple TV. Apple is said to unveil this new $30 to $40 per month service at WWDC in June and launch it in September.

Apple first hinted plans it’s doing something with the Apple TV line when it cut the price from $99 to just $69 at a recent media event and announced a new partnership with HBO.

Previously, Mark Gurman of 9to5mac reported Apple has a redesigned Apple TV in the works with a slimmer design and App Store.

Source: BuzzFeed