Mark Gurman is probably the most respected and trusted blogger when it comes to breaking Apple news. Today, in a new post at 9to5Mac, he sheds some light on the Apple TV 4, as his sources report major facelifts in both hardware and software domains.
The New York Times reports that the new Apple TV is expected to be announced this June during WWDC 2015. Citing an anonymous Apple employee “briefed on the product”, NYT claims the 4th gen. Apple TV will get a new, “slightly thicker” remote with a touchpad and will offer a web-based TV service.
WWDC 2014 keynote kicks off in less that one hour and Apple will be streaming it live on the Apple TV via a temporary Apple Events channel that should have appeared on your Apple TV’s main menu earlier today. Tune in at 10 am PST/1 pm EST/7 pm CET.
Last-minute predictions from John Gruber: “An updated Apple TV seems like a possibility.”
An updated Apple TV seems like a possibility, even though there don’t seem to be any rumors to that effect. I say maybe because I’m hoping that whatever form the next major release of Apple TV takes, that it will be a developer platform with an App Store of its own. That would make sense for a WWDC introduction.
No one really knows how Apple chooses which of the keynotes they’ll be streaming live and which not. I still remember tuning into the live blogging articles on various tech blogs for iPhone 5S and iPad Air launches. 6 months later, Apple announced that they’ll be broadcasting the WWDC 2014 keynote live for everyone. You can find the announcement on their website with the image above and a prompt on some “exciting announcements”.