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New Apple TV could debut as soon April, say Bloomberg sources

updated 03:04 pm EST, Wed February 12, 2014

Set-top predicted to launch sometime before Christmas 2014

Apple is planning to announce a new Apple TV as soon as April, sources tell Bloomberg. One of the people indicates that the hardware will have a faster processor and a simpler interface. Two of them, meanwhile, say that the device will ship sometime before Christmas, although the exact date is uncertain because Apple is still trying to secure deals for programming and distribution, including one with Time Warner Cable.

In recent weeks a number of pieces of evidence have pointed to an impending Apple TV refresh. The basic design for the set-top and its interface hasn't changed since March 2012, despite two new versions of iOS and increasingly intense competition from devices like the Roku 3 and the Chromecast.

No rumors have provided a clear picture of what a new interface might look like, but the potential Time Warner support is expected to involve flowing cable TV through the Apple TV interface, instead of a TW-provided box. A deal with Time Warner would represent Apple's first with a pay TV provider.

by MacNN Staff



  1. typesetterX

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 10-17-06

    Front Row was eliminated from Mavericks and I thought it was a terrific interface. What are the opinions of readers about returning Front Row to AppleTV with A7 processor?

    Also wondering whether it might be possible to run iPad apps on my Mac in future releases of Mavericks.

    Do any of you engineers have insight?

  1. Jeronimo2000

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 08-20-01

    Front Row was already chucked out with Lion. And the question is not "What are the opinions of readers about returning Front Row...", it's "How likely is it that Apple will return the Front Row interface?"... and the answer is "Not much".

    You won't be able to run iPad apps on a Mac for the foreseeable future. It would need touch-capable Mac displays, and those aren't anywhere on the horizon. Apple seems to be clear to have OS X and iOS run as two separate entities, and not mash them brutally together by force (Windows 8 style), and that's a good thing.

  1. Feathers

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: 10-09-99

    Well, I have Front Row running under 10.8.5. It's not a big deal to reinstall it... Whether it will still run under Mavericks is another issue but seeing as how utterly, terribly buggy and awful Mavericks is, I have no intention of finding out anytime soon. Yearly updates to an OS are no advantage if they're unstable and dire.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by typesetterXView Post

    Also wondering whether it might be possible to run iPad apps on my Mac in future releases of Mavericks.

    Install developer tools and run within the iOS simulator.

    There will never be an officially sanctioned way for non-developers to run touch-based apps on OS X's pointer-based interface.

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