Thinking about buying an Apple TV some time soon? Well, put down that remote. Step away from the Apple Store.
According to reports from both Bloomberg News and the Apple obsessives at the website 9to5Mac, Apple will release a new version of its Apple TV in the coming months. 9to5Mac heard from its sources that the new Apple TV would be released “in the first half of 2014”; Bloomberg hears that it will be here as soon as April. 9to5Mac also discovered references in some Apple code that indicate that a new Apple TV is on the way.
In other words: If you were planning on picking up a new Apple TV, you might want to wait a few months. You could be rewarded with a newer model.
The Apple TV is a small Internet-connected box that can plug into your television and stream videos from services like YouTube and Netflix. Apple sells it for $100, and it competes against similar devices from Roku, whose boxes cost between $50 and $100, and the Google Chromecast, a $35 streaming stick that also streams multimedia from the web.
Predicted features for the next-generation Apple TV include a faster processor, an improved experience for playing video games through the system, and some kind of integration for existing cable subscribers perhaps enabling you to watch live TV through Apple’s box.
Apple has long been rumored to want to get into live TV, though its talks with cable companies have apparently ended up short of a deal. A recent Bloomberg News report indicated that Apple was closing in on an agreement with Time Warner Cable, however, potentially bringing real-time programming to Apple TV for the first time.
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