If rumours are to be believed, the WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) this year June will witness the long due announcement of the Apple TV upgrade, sources familiar with plans calling it a ‘significant overhaul,’ reports Buzzfeed news. The last update had happened back in 2012.
Modifications will include the integration of Siri (the personal assistant and navigator) voice input in the device, along with featuring the A8 processor (found in iPhone 6 and 6 plus) developed by Apple, and introduce more onboard storage, reportedly going ‘well beyond‘ the 8 gigabytes found on the current third-generation hardware. HomeKit (iOS 8 framework for communicating with and controlling connected accessories in a user’s home) will be a fixture, too.
Owners will be able to control a substantial range of home automation devices, which are HomeKit enabled, using Siri. As far as aesthetics are concerned, the new TV supposed to be slimmer, with a more capable and tactile remote control. There will be an SDK available for developers to create apps, and consequently, an App Store will also be a feature. There was a price cut earlier this month- it costs $69 now.
Apple is going to be HBO’s first launch partner in its new streaming platform (HBO Now). There are reports that the revamped TV will have a streaming TV service, anchored by popular networks such as ABC, CBS, Fox, ESPN and FX. The A8 processor is pretty powerful, outputting a solid 4K resolution video, which will cast all the channels on these networks in HD.