When will the Apple TV be updated? Is it worth buying an Apple TV now, or will a new Apple TV come out in 2015? And why is Apple taking so long to update the Apple TV?Here, we will show you the New Apple TV 2015 release date rumours: iOS 9 hints at new Apple TV features, new Apple patent hints at new Apple TV interface. Just find out what to expect from the fourth-generation Apple TV, including design changes, new features, new channels and an Apple TV App Store.
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We’ve been waiting since January 2013 for Apple to update its Apple TV, some would say 2012 (which is when it last had a significant update), so it’s no surprise that there are so many rumours surrounding the new version of the Apple’s set-top box. We’ve got release date rumours and speculation about new features that the device needs if it is to compete with the alternatives to Apple TV, especially here in the UK. We’ll update this story as more Apple TV information becomes available, so be sure to check back from time to time.
Latest: Apple’s new patent application hints at new Apple TV interface
An Apple patent has been filed with the US Patent & Trademark Office that describes a new interface for media playback of future TV streaming services from Hulu, Netflix, Apple TV and more, according to Patently Apple.
Apple’s patent application appears to describe how it will provide a new circular progress bar in the graphical user interface for controlling the playback of media, it appears that this system will be used across the media services found on the Apple TV.
Latest: How iOS 9 hints at new Apple TV features
When Apple unveiled it’s plans for iOS 9 at WWDC in June, there were a few hints at new features that we might see in the Apple TV, we examine them below.
For example, iOS 9 hints at a solution for finding the content on your Apple TV that you want to watch – in-app search. Currently if you want to watch a programme on your Apple TV but don’t know whether it’s on iTunes or Netflix, or even Sky Now, you have to look inside the app to search for it. In iOS 9 the new Spotlight API will allow developers to give users access to the app data in system-wide search. If this rolls out to the Apple TV you could search for the show you want to watch and see which Apple TV channel will offer it, suggests Josh Centers over on Tidbits.com.
Centers also suggests that Siri suggestions in iOS 9 might hint at more Apple TV related goodies. In iOS 9 you can swipe to see suggestions based on your habits, be they recently used apps, nearby places, or news items. On the Apple TV this could be shows you have been watching, new TV shows you might like.
The new picture in picture feature coming to the iPad is another one that Centre’s thinks could make it to the Apple TV. On the iPad you can minimize the playing video, so that it continues to play in a small window while you look at something else, on the Apple TV this could allow you do watch a video while doing something else.
In additon to this, we already know that in Apple’s HomeKit support documentation the company outlines how the Apple TV will be used as a gateway device. The document reads: “If you have an Apple TV (3rd generation or later) with software version 7.0 or later, you can control your HomeKit-enabled accessories when you’re away from home using your iOS device. Sign into iCloud with the same Apple ID on your iOS device and Apple TV, and you’ll be able to use Siri commands to remotely control your accessories. If your remote access isn’t working, sign out of iCloud on your Apple TV, then sign back in.”
Plus AirPlay support in Safari in El Capitan will include the ability to stream web video to your TV, which will open up many more options for watching TV via your Apple TV.
Latest: Bluetooth Remote Control with a Multi-Touch trackpad sighted
Code inside the El Capitan beta suggests Apple is planning to launch a new Bluetooth Remote Control with a Multi-Touch trackpad with, it appears, Force Touch and inertial scrolling support.
The device also appears to support audio, which could indicate either playback or input for Siri, notes 9to5Mac.
Latest: Massive 4th Gen Apple TV clue spotted on Apple’s website
Apple has published a new support document about HomeKit, its new smart home platform for internet connected devices, and in that document is a massive hint that a new Apple TV is about to launch.
In a section of the document titled “Control your accessories away from home,” Apple has written: “If you have an Apple TV (3rd generation or later) with software version 7.0 or later, you can control your HomeKit-enabled accessories when you’re away from home using your iOS device.”
For the eagle-eyed among you, you’ll notice that the “3rd generation or later” comment is particularly intriguing because there is no “later” yet. We are waiting for the fourth generation to launch, and it looks like WWDC on 8 June is going to be the day.
However, there is one possibility that could mean Apple hasn’t confirmed the next Apple TV after all, and that’s because Apple could be referring to the 3rd Gen Rev A version of the Apple TV, which was a minor update to the third generation that launched in January 2013.
And after our excitement about the clue in Apple’s support document, a new report from the New York Times says the new Apple TV was planned for launch at WWDC 2015 but has in fact been postponed because “the product was not ready to be demonstrated.”
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