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Apple TV release date, rumours and images

Macworld staff | Jan. 10, 2013
The new Apple TV (generation 4) release date is a big question right now. In this article we explore some rumours and uncover some potential images of the new iMac. Read our New Apple TV release date, rumours and images article to find out more.

In our report, we note that if Apple was to bring Bluetooth to Apple TV, users would be able to use a Bluetooth keyboard with the Apple TV, making it easier to add text (currently it is necessary to scroll through the alphabet, selecting one letter at a time with the remote control). The ability to use a keyboard with the Apple TV would make navigation of the iTunes Store and YouTube much easier.

Not only would typing be a breeze, you will be able to use arrow keys for navigation, the Return key to play or pause, and the Escape key to back-step.

It's unlikely that the Bluetooth connection would be used to connect to speakers - speakers are more likely to use Airplay. Nor will the Apple TV connect to the Mac via Bluetooth.

Another advantage of Bluetooth connectivity, it could open up a raft of third party remotes.

New Apple TV rumours - Siri voice control

A Bluetooth connected remote could also include a mic for Siri input, allowing users to control the Apple TV via speech. Users could speak to their Apple TV, requesting that it plays the episode of The Big Bang Theory where Raj has a crush on Siri.

New Apple TV rumours - DVR and cloud based recording

Apple is said to be in talks with cable companies in the US, hoping to come to an agreement that would allow the Apple TV to be used as a DVR (digital video recorder).

According to the Wall Street Journal report, the DVR version of the Apple TV would let customers store TV shows in the cloud to be watched when they like. It would also allow users to access the TV shows they had recorded on the iPhone or iPad.

Sounds like a great idea. Such a facility would turn the Apple TV into more than a mere streaming device and increase the content available to users. However, it has been reported that one of the major hangups is resistance by content providers to give Apple maker permission to make their programming available in this way.

New Apple TV rumours - Apple to be the new Virgin, Sky

Another suggestion is that Apple could set itself up as an alternative to the cable and satellite TV providers. Imagine Apple going head to head with Sky, Virgin and BT? And don't forget it would also be competing with the free TV services from Freeview or Freesat. And then there's YouView.

In the UK, and in the US and elsewhere, Apple would face strong competition, from broadcasters and established platforms for free TV.

Speaking of YouView: the hybrid TV service launched last year and is a partnership between the three telecoms operators and four broadcasters. It offers the BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, 4oD and Demand5 along with access to Freeview TV. One would imagine that the UK broadcasters have a vested interest in this project, and there is a potential that they won't allow another company access to this content via any other means.

 

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