New Apple TV Hardware References Found in iOS 7 Software Builds

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Recent rumors have indicated Apple is planning to release a redesigned set-top box in the near future, and hints of the new hardware have already appeared in iOS 7 software builds, according to 9to5Mac and developer Hamza Sood.

    There is a reference to the AppleTV4,1 listed in the iOS 7 Apple TV framework that handles AirPlay. AppleTV4,1 does not correlate to an existing Apple TV device, thus pointing to new hardware.

    The current Apple TV (which was tweaked in 2013) is listed internally as AppleTV3,2, while AppleTV3,1 refers to the 1080p device released in 2012. AppleTV2,1 references the first ios-based Apple TV released in 2010.

    According to 9to5Mac, references for AppleTV4,1 first appeared in the original version of iOS 7 released in September, but were not discovered until recently. AppleTV4,1 appears to be a reference to an entirely new device that is more than just an iterative update to Apple's existing set-top box.

    An updated Apple TV has been expected for quite some time, as Apple's last refresh of the device was a minor tweak last year that saw the device upgraded to a smaller A5 chip. The device has otherwise retained the same look and functionality since the third-generation Apple TV was released in March of 2012.

    Rumors have suggested that the revamped box might include game support, an Apple TV-based App Store, and support for Bluetooth controllers. Apple is also said to be testing a set-top box that combines the Apple TV with wireless router functionality and the company may also be testing a version of the device with a TV-tuner component allowing users to pull in content from their existing cable boxes, overlaying channels with an Apple interface.

    Recently, Apple revised its online storefront to give the Apple TV greater prominence, suggesting it has moved past the "hobby" status that Apple executives have long assigned it. Over the course of the last several months, Apple has worked hard to boost the content it offers on the Apple TV, adding a number of channels including ABC, Bloomberg, Crackle, KORTV, Redbull TV and The Beatles channel, which was just added today.

    Article Link: New Apple TV Hardware References Found in iOS 7 Software Builds
  2. macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2010
    New York
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2011
    one day it won't be a rumor anymore. . . in 5 more years
  4. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    Looking for an Apple TV that will give me reason to purchase it in addition to my existing media box. So far, AirPlay is the only feature I really want.
  6. macrumors newbie

    If only they would be open to supporting all of the video formats, they could gain a MUCH larger percentage of the market. As is, I will be sticking with my jailbroken Apple TV's.
  7. macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2010
    Hope the cable tuner is true. Charter is so ugly.
  8. AngerDanger, Feb 10, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2014

    macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    I was sent a pre-production version for beta testing. It's virtually identical with the exception of this inexplicable form factor:


  9. macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2014
    I'm pretty sure if Apple released an Appletv/Tivo box, that I would sell my first TWO unborn children for it. I'm also pretty sure that my wife would sell me for that kinda box.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2014
    Man, I'd love this to be release within the next few weeks as I'll be in the USA soon :)
  11. macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2013
    Oh man. If it has a digital tuner, and can pull in my local over the air channels. that would be hotsauce. I'm not putting any weight on that.

    But if I didn't have to switch from AppleTV back to TV for channel selection. that would be nice.
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2012
    There is no way new Apple TV is going to include a Cable TV tuner. Apple is not the kind of company that goes back in time for features.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Oct 2, 2007
    ok, seems on par with the thoughts/rumors

    thee seems to be a greater push toward these new channels.
    Maybe a new search over ALL channels (like a Roku Box)
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2010
    honestly, I would like a USB port on it to plug in my hard drive with a mass collection of movies. Yeah, I already use airplay and my MacBooks hdmi port, but it would be nicer and easier to use the Apple TV as my hub.
  15. macrumors newbie


    Jan 3, 2013
    I wish there was access to Appstore from Apple TV.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Mar 31, 2009

    I hope this will also allow Charter Communications customers access HBO Go on Apple TV finally. One thing I worry about is will Charter block Apple TV from using cable tuner you know how Charter is.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2011
  18. macrumors 601

    Jul 11, 2008
    Please do something about that hard to navigate UI. :confused:
  19. macrumors 6502


    Sep 24, 2011
    Overland Park, Kansas
    Original content, Please!!

    Apple has so much dang money, they need to start "creating" their own original content for the ATV! They could create Apple's own Food Channel app to go on the AppleTV, along with its own Travel Channel App, et.....

    Heck, they should have been the ones to spring first and make their own movie about Steve Jobs. They could easily create their own movie channel app, hiring actors, producers, directors, etc, and start coming out with their own Apple produced movies, all for the AppleTV owners. Screw HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz, etc.... Come on Apple, learn to be more proactive when it comes to competing for video content!

    :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
  20. macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010

    Speaking of weight-- I wish it weighed more.
  21. macrumors 65816

    Jan 16, 2010
    Kennesaw, GA
    They will need to have something really nice for me to go buy 2 new AppleTV's to replace my current ones.
  22. macrumors 68030


    Sep 6, 2007
    We need an Apple Event soon… I keep hoping announcements will be sent out for something…. major Apple TV upgrade…. iWatch… iPhone…. iToaster… iCaramba!… anything new. :)
  23. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    There won't be a cable tuner in this. A cable tuner does more than tune to a station. It also descrambles a signal. There is no way Charter or Comcast would allow a 3rd party device do the "initial" descrambling. It could receive the descrambled signal and place a layer on top to show a grid of the stations available though.
  24. macrumors newbie


    Oct 20, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    If you use Beamer it does all the conversions for you on the fly. I haven't found a video format that hasn't worked to date!

    The XBOX One doesn't descramble the signal but rather overlays it's own UI onto the screen. I could see Apple doing something similar. I would absolutely love this feature.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Yep! Add support for all of the different video codecs and include a USB 3.0 port and I guarantee they would close to double thier market share. Unfortunately, they just seem completely unwilling to go there.

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