This week bit more insight has been dug up on the matter of Apple TV working with voice controls. This means Siri, of course, and it also means that Apple is ready to move forward with their previously smartphone-only system for smart TV.
This week Apple has quietly announced an add-on to the Apple TV models out in stores right this minute. With the addition of a $25 iTunes card for the Apple TV, the company makes rumors of a reboot being imminent all the more likely. This update will likely bring the Apple TV game support as well as greater connectivity between the smartphone and the Apple TV for live streaming.
Every year, Fortune compiles a "World's Most Admired Companies" list, the latest of which was just published. Those who have monitored the list for the last several years won't be surprised at what they see: Apple has again taken the top slot, something it has pulled off for seven consecutive years.
When Apple first launched the Apple TV 6.0 update a lot of people scrambled to download and install it. Some people reported some significant issues with the update including the loss of content, the inability to access the Internet, and even some devices turning into useless bricks after trying to apply the update. There is a bit of hope for users who have bricked devices after a failed update.
The Apple TV, may be easy and affordable, but it's not much use if you want to run third-party services; until now, systems like Plex have required an older, jailbroken box if you want them to run. That's all changed with PlexConnect, a new homegrown hack by the company which puts Plex in Full HD on 2nd- and 3rd-gen Apple TV boxes, with only a single modification on the Apple box itself.
Apple has officially confirmed that a small number of its third-generation Apple TV set-top boxes are having an issue with Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi issue affecting units lead to the Apple TV being unable to locate a network, unable to join the network, or the device may drop connectivity or only have an intermittent connection. Apple is promising to remedy the situation for affected owners.
Hulu has been relatively quiet lately as far as any redesigns and updates go, but the company has announced today an all-new design for its app on Apple TV. Hulu says they have redesigned the app "from the ground up" and they have made it easier to get the content that you're looking for on the Apple TV.
If you have an Apple TV set-top box attached to the TV in your living room, you may be getting a new entertainment option for the device by the middle of the year. Bloomberg reports that two people familiar with plans for Apple say that Apple and Time Warner Incorporated are negotiating to bring HBO Go to the Apple set-top box. The two sources refused to be named because the talks are private.
A couple days ago, we mentioned that some scuttlebutt suggested that a new and smaller version of the Apple TV had crossed the FCC. More details on the new version of the Apple TV have surfaced that show no size change is planned for the new version of the device. While dimensions are remaining the same, there are reportedly some internal changes being made.