While we’ve already hear about a new Apple TV to be introduced alongside the big iPhone announcement in September, a new 9to5Mac report has detailed a number of the features expected to included with the latest set-top box. The main new advancement of the hardware refresh is that the Apple TV will be running its own version of iOS 9, specifically optimized for television screens, along with a “full-blown iOS core.”
While it was believed that the new Apple TV was to be announced back in June at Apple’s WWDC event, it is said that the delay was to allow development on iOS 9 to be completed for its September roll out. This would allow the new operating system to not only shine on iPhones and iPads, but on TV screens as well.
Along with iOS 9, 9to5Mac says the new Apple TV will come with support for Siri, allowing users to search not only for shows and movies, but also for apps on the set-top box’s own dedicated App Store. Along with this will be the release of an SDK for developers, opening the door to third-party apps and games for the Apple TV.
The new hardware is also said to feature a slimmer design, accompanied by a new remote with both tactile buttons and touch-based input. On the inside will be a faster processor, more storage, and an updated user interface. Unfortunately this new info confirms the earlier report that Apple’s internet-based TV service, originally planed to launch with the new Apple TV, has been delayed until 2016.
SOURCE 9 to 5 Mac