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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.

We think it's likely that such a device is in the works, not least because Apple has seen just how lucrative a market gaming on the iPad and iPhone is. The current generation of iOS gaming is arguably giving Nintendo's Wii a run for its money in graphical terms, what if Apple was to announce a console based on the A6X CPU that powers the iPad? Apple is a company that is constantly looking to expand into new and fertile territory, and gaming is another profitable arena that is waiting to be dominated.

New Apple TV rumours - 802.11ac networking

Apple looks likely to add a preliminary version of 802.11ac to its Apple TV as well as the Airport base stations as soon as the next major product line refresh.

802.11ac has the capacity to wirelessly network a TV, DVR, smart phone, and sound system, and allow access through an Internet-connected device.

Sometimes referred to as 'Gig Wifi' of 5G WiFi, 802.11ac is the successor to 802.11n. However, the standard is still in Draft, not having received final approval by the IEEE, yet. This approval isn't likely to come until later in 2013. This doesn't mean that Apple will wait until the standard is approved - Apple has shipped products using draft versions of wireless standards in the past (see 802.11n).

New Apple TV rumours - test run for the Apple television

The question is whether these new features would be enough for Apple TV to transform television. It's fair to say that Apple could test out these ideas on the current device before launching an actual television set onto the market, if that is its plan.


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