“The battle for input 1 — the first HDMI port on your TV — is tough. You have lots to choose from: cable and satellite boxes, game consoles, streaming boxes, and more,” Rene Ritchie writes for iMore.
“Apple entered the living room in 2007, the same year it launched the original iPhone. Based on a lobotomized version of OS X Tiger, the first Apple TV was a big, expensive silver box that ran on Intel, had a hard drive, and focused on syncing with iTunes on the desktop,” Ritchie writes. “It was replaced in September 2010 by the second-generation Apple TV, a small black box that ran iOS on an A4 chipset, supported 720p video, and streamed from the cloud. In March of 2014, Apple bumped that little black box to Apple TV 3, the box we know and use today: It runs on the A5 chipset, supports up to 1080p video, and has been continually adding streaming services since its debut.”
Ritchie writes, “Some three years later, we’ve gone from iPhone 4s to iPhone 6, third-generation iPad to iPad Air 2, and we even almost have our hands on an Apple Watch — but that 2014 Apple TV 3 is still the latest and greatest set-top box model from Apple. And it’s showing its age.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: We do like the idea of a high-end, 4K- and Apple Store-capable Apple TV. We’ve been hoping for an Apple TV App Store for what feels like forever. Perhaps with the reported announcement of an over-the-top online TV service in June (at WWDC, we assume), Apple will release an SDK for developers to get ready for the new Apple TV’s release in the fall?
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]
Apple in talks to unveil 25-channel online TV service in June, launch in fall – March 16, 2015