“The new Apple TV, as has been reported previously by Buzzfeed, will feature an updated design and Apple’s A8 chip in a dual-core configuration. The more powerful chip will support an updated interface with much better effects and navigational improvements that make browsing through big content libraries — one of my biggest wants — much easier,” Matthew Panzarino reports for TechCrunch. “It stands to reason that Apple will be able to push the A8 much, much further than it ever has before given that the Apple TV is plugged into the wall, and not dependent on battery.”
“This will enable developers of games and other resource-intensive applications to produce higher quality and more demanding apps… To control the new Apple TV? A new remote,” Panzarino reports. “It’s slightly bigger and thicker, with physical buttons on the bottom half, a Touchpad area at the top and a Siri microphone.”
“The new remote will be motion sensitive, likely including several axis’ worth of sensors that put its control on par with a Nintendo Wii remote. The possibilities, of course, are immediately evident,” Panzarino reports. “A game controller with a microphone, physical buttons, a touchpad and motion sensitive controls would be extremely capable. While Apple is likely going to target the broad casual gaming market, I would not be shocked to see innovative gameplay blossom from that type of input possibility. Think, for instance, of multi-player gaming with several people using voice input, or many popular genres of party games that would do far better on the TV than on an iPad or iPhone.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully this remote, assuming it also seems to want to live between the couch cushions like the current Apple TV remote, will also be able to beep when pinged by iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
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