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It looks like all those rumours of an Apple-branded TV were right. Unfortunately, the company decided to shelves plans for such a device 'more than a year ago' according to a new report.
The next version of Apple TV is expected to launch this summer with improved specs, a dedicated App Store and Siri voice interactions, as well as a redesigned remote featuring touchpad controls.
Google is implementing an API change that will soon block YouTube streaming on older devices such as Google TVs, games consoles, Smart TVs, and all Apple devices not running iOS 7 and above.
Although Apple unveiled that it would be the first to carry HBO on Apple TV, it looks like Sling TV will also carry the service, just in time for the new season of "Game of Thrones".
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Apple will reportedly launch its new TV set-top box at the Worldwide Developer Conference in June, introducing a new App Store and developer SDK, along with Siri and HomeKit home automation support.
Rumors have been flying recently that Apple is in talks with cable companies about a new TV service and a report today states that Cupertino is wooing them with extensive user data to target ads.
A new report claims that Apple is looking to launch a new web TV subscription service with big name partners from the industry. It's supposed to be unveiled later this summer and launch in September.
Apple's "Spring Forward" event showed of more Apple Watch features, including price and availability, dropped the Apple TV price to $69 and showed off an all-new 12-inch MacBook.
Apple has lowered the price of its Apple TV and has also created a lucrative partnership with HBO. Starting in April, those with an Apple TV will be able enjoy HBO's vast content library.
Apple is rumored to be working on an iTunes-branded subscription music service, but it's also said to be developing a new web TV service, offering "bundles of programming" directly to its customers.
Google's Chromecast is climbing up in the streaming world and has now become the second most used media streaming device in the US, though it's still behind Roku's device which holds first place.
Alongside the release of iTunes 11.3, Apple has branched the iTunes Extras feature out to the Apple TV. It will also be available for iOS devices when iOS 8 launches later on this year.
Eddy Cue, SVP at Apple said publicly he believes the upcoming products are the best the company's had in 25 years. Some of these new products are expected to be unveiled next week at WWDC.
During Apples's iTunes Festival at SXSW, Apple TV users were interuppted by a new "live show" notification feature which is set to debut on a larger scale later this year.
Apple is reportedly working on a new set-top box, possibly as part of its Apple TV line, that will support games. The product would reportedly launch in March or earlier.
Apple CEO Tim Cook sent out a memo to company employees this morning that mostly looked back at Apple's accomplishments for 2013 but also hinted at "big plans for 2014".
Analyst Masahiko Ishino claims Samsung will produce graphic processing units for Apple's rumoured 65-inch TV's. LG and Corning are also expected to supply crystal liquid displays and Gorilla Glass.
Apple released version 6.0 of its Apple TV software on Friday, but the company has now quickly pulled the update after some users stated that it bricked their set top box.
Apple is now expected to update the software of its Apple TV, with a hardware refresh not on the cards for next week's media event according to reports.
Details about a new Apple power supply tipped to be used in a new product line have been revealed online. Could it be for future notebooks, a larger iPad, or an Apple TV set?
Amazon is rumored to be developing some kind of TV set-top box for a launch later this fall, which if true will join an already crowded field of similar hardware products.
Apple CEO Tim Cook claimed during his regular quarterly conference call with analysts the company has " a lot more surprises in the works" that will be announced and launched this fall and into 2014.
An anonymous software developer has revealed details about the upcoming Xbox, claiming it will run Windows 8 and won't be 'always-on' - but the veracity of the information remains questionable.
Valve founder Gabe Newell said this week that the biggest threat to the company's plans to launch a PC-based "Steam Box" console isn't from Microsoft, Sony or Nintendo but from Apple.
A report by the Wall Street Journal claims Apple, is currently testing designs for a high definition TV. Apple's real test though, will be to get deals from important content providers.
Apple CEO Tim Cook gives a pretty strong hint that the company is indeed working on a new television-related product in an interview, saying that TV is "an area of intense interest" for Apple.
The launch of Apple's new integrated television is "imminent", according to analysts Jefferies & Company - who made similar claims a year ago, and again three months ago.
The iOS 6 beta has been long awaited and whilst the beta will happen tomorrow, we've managed to get a hold of the download links. However, these links are not active at this time.
A new report via unnamed sources claims that a trial production run of Apple's rumored and upcoming television product has now started at a Foxconn plant in China.
I'm halfway to work and I just realized I forgot to set the TV to record my favorite show, bugger. In the very near future these sorts of first world problems will be history if you own an Apple TV.
Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey has issued a report which states Microsoft is leading both Apple and Google in the battle for television supremacy.
Foxconn has now issued a statement refuting earlier reports that the CEO of the company said that Foxconn was preparing to make the rumored Apple iTV television sets.
Oft-rumoured, but still unseen, the existence of Apple's new HDTV set - commonly referred to as the 'iTV' - has finally been confirmed by the company's principal manufacturing partner, Foxconn.
Apple's much-anticipated new HDTV is still just the stuff of hearsay, but a reliable and 'well-placed source' claims he can confirm details of the 'iTV', after apparently having seen it in action.
One analyst believes Apple's long-rumored television may not see a consumer release until 2014, despite some industry sources expecting a much earlier launch.
A new report claims via unnamed sources that the much rumored Apple television product will also come with a game console, complete with both touch and Kinect-like motion controls.
Steve Jobs talked with CBS CEO Leslie Moonves a year ago, with Jobs wanting to get CBS content in Apple's upcoming television service; Moonves ultimately passed on the deal.
Apple has announced a new version of its Apple TV set top box. The new version has a revamped user interface and support for 1080p resolution and will launch March 16 for $99.
It's no longer about single devices but a full suite of products. Microsoft and Apple both offer compelling options in this arena and we have broken down that major components.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said today that sales of its Apple TV product are improving, claiming that the set-top box sold 1.4 million units in the fourth quarter of 2011.
In a rather surprising turn of events, rumor has it that Apple may soon bid for the TV rights to EPL football, and is planning to accompany their next-gen Apple TV with exclusive programming.
If the efforts of two developers come to full fruition, one can soon run any iOS application straight from an Apple TV.
Apple is reportedly holding a media event in New York City in late January but the press event won't be for the launch of the iPad 3 nor for Apple's rumor television launch.
Recent price drops of the year-old second-generation Apple TV model at retailers like Amazon.com and Best Buy suggest that a new model of Apple's digital media receiver might be imminent.
There are more hints that Apple and its late founder Steve Jobs have been working on a way to create an Apple-branded television for a launch sometime in the near future.
Rumors have hit the Internet again that Apple is working on a television that will run its iOS operating system inside for launch in 2012.
A new update to the Apple TV device allows users to stream previously purchased TV shows from iTunes.
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