Apple purportedly preps new Apple TV software release for next week

Reports: Apple preps new Apple TV software release for next week

While there is a new Apple TV on the way, it won't arrive next week. Instead, expect an update to the Apple TV software, according to a new report on All Things D.

Apple will be releasing a new version of iOS - iOS 7 - next week, and the Apple TV runs iOS, so this stands to reason. According to Peter Kafka, new features in the update will allow you to play your iTunes content on your friends' Apple TVs without having to sign out and sign in using your own Apple ID (instead, using AirPlay on your own device). You'll also be able to play Apple's soon to be released iTunes Radio.

9to5Mac corroborates AllThingsD's report, and adds that you'll also be able to set up an Apple TV over Bluetooth 4.0. Changes are apparently afoot to prep it for use with multiple monitor support for OS X Mavericks, which is still in pre-release; earlier this week Apple rolled out a seventh "Developer Preview" build.

It's been three years since Apple introduced the second generation Apple TV, and about a year and a half since Apple rolled out its successor - the major difference between the two is support for 1080 video on the third generation. Otherwise, Apple has kept both boxes in lock-step with each other for operating system software. Both are currently running Apple TV software 5.3 (a variant of iOS).

It remains to be seen what new hardware functions Apple could bring to a new generation Apple TV, but in the interim, it's good to see Apple continuing to support both black boxes with equanimity.

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Peter Cohen

Mac Managing Editor of iMore and weekend Apple Product Professional at a local independent Apple reseller. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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Apple purportedly preps new Apple TV software release for next week


I wonder if the update will also bring the visual style of the interface more in line with iOS 7? The current version of the interface has a lot of those faux-3D shadows that have been removed from iOS.

The next major step for the hardware would be the incorporation of h.265 enabled processor and Apple to start recoding all their media assets.

Having seen demos of h.265 running 4K content on large screens at NAB, even if Apple isn't ready to make the move to 4K yet, the benefit to 1080p would be enormous.

Hopefully Apple Wouldn't go the purely "bandwidth friendly" route and half the file size while retaining similar quality. If they allowed movies to stay around the same size as they are now, with the new encoder, users would see an ENORMOUS improvement in image quality. Basically an elimination of fine detail blockiness in fast scenes, and problems with low contrast dark areas, and better overall colour accuracy. Basically, the benefit of BluRay would be almost completely eliminated for all but the most extreme cinephiles.

I'm just not sure if h.265 chips are ready yet.

My wife and I were just talking about getting an Apple TV yesterday (looking to cut our cable TV to save some money). Depending on how this update works in the real world, we may get one over the Roku.

I would love to see an ATV sporting a thunderbiolt port that could connect a hard drive stand for removable SSD drives so you could record shows on site for watching later without having to reload huge bandwidth sucking 4K movies and collecting if we wish it. Also different members of the family could have their own SSDs that they could watch when wanted. Meaning the ATV 4 would have an internal SSD for recording shows or downloading at a certain time then kept internal until offloaded to an individuals external SSD.