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Rumor: ‘Interesting’ Apple Television Product Coming This November


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Following on from months of rumors suggesting that Apple would be making massive movies into the television market, a new suggestion from technology writer MG Siegler has reignited the interest in the product. According to Siegler, he has been hearing chatter about an Apple television product coming as soon as this November (at around 1h 26 into the podcast).  The product that is being referred to is not necessarily a television screen, but some sort of interactive technology, that likely is an evolution from simple voice control.
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Apple Now Offering Refurbished Apple TV For $75


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Apple has reduced the price of refurbished versions of the latest generation Apple TV devices and they are now on sale on the Apple online store for $75. As noted by 9to5Mac, the price of the refurbished devices have dropped from $85 to $75 in the past day or so, allowing consumers to save around $24 compared to brand new models. The price drop perhaps comes in response to the recent release of the Google Chromecast streaming plug-in device for televisions, which can provide some of the functionality of the Apple TV.
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Apple Adds A Bunch Of New Channels For Apple TV


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Apple has today announced a number of new channels for the Apple TV which are being made available via a software update for the device. The new channels include HBO GO and WatchESPN and icons for the new services are added as part of the software update. The Apple TV now offers over 230,000 TV episodes to choose from as part of the downloadable content. Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services, Eddy Cue, has commented on the new channels in a press release on the Apple website.

HBO GO and WatchESPN are some of the most popular iOS apps and are sure to be huge hits on Apple TV…We continue to offer Apple TV users great new programming options, combined with access to all of the incredible content they can purchase from the iTunes Store
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Is The Apple Television Killer Feature A Massive Hard Drive For 4K Movies?


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Many have speculated upon the killer feature that could be incorporated into the long-rumored Apple television set, a feature that would turn the television industry on its head. While it’s difficult to predict what such a feature would be, one analyst points towards a massive hard drive, in excess of 2 terabytes, as the low tech piece of hardware that would facilitate the killer feature which has been the subject of previous rumors…the 4K resolution (via Motley Fool). 4K resolutions are 4 times the size of 1080p HD resolutions and, as an example, Sony has just begun shipping a tv with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels packed into a 55 inch display.
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Foxconn Moves Into Televisions


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Favored builder of Apple products, Foxconn, is making big moves into the television market, according to a new report from the New York Times. In a strategy, that could prove interesting for Apple should the company make a long-rumored move into the television market, Foxconn has apparently formed close investment partnerships with companies like Sharp and, as a result, has invested around $840 million in a new LCD panel factory in Japan. The company now has the capability to make 90% of the component required for a television in-house.

While the move is said to be part of an effort to diversify Foxconn’s interests so that it is not as reliant on Apple, it is an interesting move for the company that builds a significant number of Apple products. Apple itself has been long rumored to be looking at revamping the television market with recent rumors suggesting that the company is developing a television with Ultra HD ’4K’ resolution. The new television is also thought to include motion control functionality and internet connectivity.
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Rumor: An Apple Television With Epic Resolution


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A new report is adding to the long history of claims that Apple is working on a new television set by suggesting that such a device could launch later this year. The report comes from Digitimes who say that the Apple television will in fact feature Ultra HD ’4K’ resolution. This apparently translates to a 3840 x 2160 resolution although a screen size is not supplied so there is no way to calculate pixel density.

The new device will feature internet connectivity and, interestingly, motion controlled functionality, likely similar to that found in the XBox Kinect. The report notes that LG Display will be employed to produce the displays that will be found in the device, with production ramping up throughout the year. As such, the new Apple television could launch later this year or at the start of 2014.
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Apple iWatch Speculation Continues


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The speculation surrounding the rumored Apple iWatch concept gained an interesting perspective today as Jean-Louis Gassée, former Apple executive at Apple during the 80′s and early 90′s, published a piece with his opinion on the device. On the site Monday Note, Gassée suggests that the popularity iPod nano wristbands give some indication as to Apple’s plans for an iWatch, noting that such a device could become an “even more personal personal computer – an intimate computer”.
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Rumor: Apple TV To Spearhead A Major Push Into Television Apps And Games


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A new report is suggesting that Apple is moving forward with a focus on redefining the provision of television content, and that this will be spearheaded by the Apple TV box being opened up to accept third party developer apps. According to TechCrunch, Apple is working on an Apple TV SDK that will allow developers to write their own apps for the device. The report suggests that Apple’s ‘living room plans’ are going to come into focus this fall, and that there could be an announcement for developers about an Apple TV SDK in the coming months.

The report suggests that games are going to play a large role in Apple’s plans, and that downloadable app and game content will significantly impact upon other dedicated games consoles such as the XBox, the Playstation and the Wii. These games will likely be targeted at a wide audience, rather than focused upon high end titles like Call of Duty.
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HBO In Discussions To Bring Content To Apple TV


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Apple and premium cable network HBO have reportedly talked about a deal which would mean that HBO programming would be available on the Apple TV from mid-2013. According to Bloomberg, HBO have been in discussions with Apple to bring an HBO Go application to the Apple TV which would mean that subscribers who pay for the HBO service would be offered more than 600 hours of film and television programming via online streaming.

The HBO Go app is currently available free of charge on iOS devices and, as described, offers 600 hours of original programming for subscribers. The app, should it come to Apple TV, would line up alongside Netflix, YouTube and Hulu Plus on the Apple TV, as well as a number of sports networks including NBA and MLB. Currently, the information indicates that a deal has not yet been signed but indications are that the companies are aiming to bring HBO to the Apple TV by mid-2013.
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New Apple TV Is A Performance Update And Is Available Now


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Following on from the discovery of FCC filings for a new generation of Apple TV, an Apple spokesperson has today notified TNW that there is indeed a new Apple TV model. However, the changes that are being made to the Apple TV are simply small internal changes rather than any major structural or feature changes.

The new model will indeed use an A5X processor, as was revealed in earlier reports discovering references to the new chip in the Apple TV software. The new device will also incorporate an upgraded Wi-Fi and Bluetooth chip for improved performance. However, the external dimensions of the Apple TV will not be affected and will remain the same as the previous version.
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