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    Next-gen Apple TV is smaller, faster - Liliputing (click for full article)

    "Apple appears to be prepping a next-generation Apple TV box. This week the company pushed a software update for existing Apple TV set-top-boxes which includes support for new hardware. And a new Apple TV showed up at the FCC website this week as well, showing a device that's a tiny bit smaller than the third-generation model Apple is currently selling."
     
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    New Apple TV Is Mid-Season Replacement (click for full article)

    "Yesterday we brought you the news that there would be a new Apple TV model coming, but that's only partially true. There will be some changes made to the Apple TV internally, as displayed in the firmware update and the FCC documents from yesterday.


    But the new Apple TV will, in fact, not be physically smaller and it won't be marketed as a new version.


    Instead, it appears that this will simply be a 'stealthy' refresh that changes some of the internals of the product without a full model refresh or any physical changes.


    "We sometimes make component changes which require an updated model number for regulatory approval," an Apple spokesperson told TNW. "The component changes we made don't affect product features and Apple TV customers will continue to have the same great user experience."


    Though the FCC documents appeared to show that there was a physical difference in size, this will not be the case. And the new device will continue to operate in the same manner.


    There were some other details that we uncovered that do align with the fact that Apple says component changes have been made. Namely the fact that this mid-season refresh, designated as an Apple TV 3,2 in the firmware, will utilize Apple's A5x processor and a Broadcom BCM4334 wireless chip.


    As far as the difference in size in the FCC documents, it's possible that the unit was measured without its external shell, because as far as we understand, it will look the same as the current model.


    As far as whether there will be a change and full upgrade to the Apple TV at some point, it seems likely but this particular unit isn't it. Instead, this change seems aimed at Apple leveraging the A5x processor and the Broadcom part, both of which it already uses in other products.


    So, at least for now, no new Apple TV model but instead a mildly refreshed version of the current one. As far as when these new versions will replace the current models, it seems likely that they will begin shipping soon in the same boxes you see now, if they haven't already."
     
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    HBO Go App Coming to Apple TV - Peter Kafka - Media - AllThingsD (click for full article)

    "As Bloomberg reports, sometime this year, Apple TV users will be able to watch HBO shows - if they're already subscribing to HBO via a pay-cable provider.

    In other words, HBO will port its popular HBO Go app to Apple TV, just like it has already done with Roku and Microsoft's Xbox.

    For the record, no comment from Apple. And here's a non-comment comment from HBO: "We've said we would like HBO GO accessible on all preferred platforms so we are always having discussions with a variety of companies."

    Anyway, when it does come, it will be a nice extra for HBO subscribers. Because HBO Go has a much deeper catalog than you can get from the HBO on-demand service you get via cable and satellite.

    But that's about it.*

    And if you want to start imagining that this is a precursor to HBO actually selling itself over the Web on an a la carte basis, well, I can't stop you. But you're wrong: HBO isn't ditching the pay-TV bundle anytime soon, because it thinks that bundle works really well. And so does HBO's owner, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes.

    You can have a lot of fun arguing with the HBO guys about why they think that, when so many of us Internet geniuses are convinced they're wrong. And that's certainly going to come up when we talk to HBO president Eric Kessler next month at our Dive Into Media conference.

    But here's another question: Why isn't everyone on Apple TV right now? Or more precisely, why doesn't Apple open its box to outside developers, the same way Roku has?"
     
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    Apple Sold 2M Apple TVs In The Holiday Quarter, Up 60% From A Year Ago | TechCrunch (click for full article)

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

    "Apple announced on its earnings call today that the company sold more than 2 million Apple TV devices in its fiscal first quarter. That's up from 1.3 million sequentially, and up from 1.4 million during the previous holiday period. Altogether, that means Apple has sold more than 10 million Apple TV units over the years, making it one of the most popular streaming devices out there."
     
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    Apple might open Apple TV to third-party developers AAPL INTC GOOG - Investors.com (click for full article)

    By PATRICK SEITZ, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY
    Posted 02/14/2013 04:43 PM ET

    "Just days after Intel (INTC) announced plans to make its own Internet TV set-top box, Apple (AAPL), one of the leaders in the nascent market, is rumored to be planning a media event in March to announce a major update to its product.

    Jefferies analyst Peter Misek said Thursday on CNBC that Apple is planning an event next month where it could introduce a software developer kit for its Apple TV set-top box. That would allow developers to make games and apps to run on TVs with the Apple device.
    Apple TV uses the company's iOS operating system, but unlike other iOS devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, it has been closed to developers since its launch in March 2007.

    "There is a huge developer opportunity in the living room, utilizing the existing Apple TV set-top box," Misek said. "Developers are clamoring for an opportunity to get access to that."
     
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    Implications of updated Apple TV: Lower cost, new A5 Chip, ramping numbers | 9to5Mac (click for full article)

    by Jordan Kahn - March 15, 2013

    "While initial speculation was that Apple's quietly refreshed Apple TV would include an A5X processor, recent tear downs of the device have revealed Apple is actually including new silicon with a single core 32NM ARM Cortex A9 CPU and overall die size reduction of 50 percent. However, new information today revealed even more tweaked components in the new Apple TV that could account for significant power savings, reduced cost, and possibly new low-cost iOS devices from Apple."
     
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    Oh, really nice to hear that. It would be a very hot TV product on market. I would like to know more about it.
     

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