Rumor: Apple to demo new Apple TV OS at WWDC, will be used on iTV

By on May 31, 2012, 4:30 PM

Apple could be preparing to demonstrate a new operating system for the Apple TV set-top box at the Worldwide Developers Conference in a couple of weeks. The OS is much more feature-complete than the current offering and while that alone could be exciting news for some, BGR says that this OS will also be utilized on the company’s long-rumored HDTV.

A trusted source told the publication that Apple has been shopping around a new “control out” API that would allow manufacturers to make accessories and components that would be compatible with the new TV OS and the pending television set. This new API will reportedly be able to control any connected component from the Apple remote control and probably the Apple iOS remote app as well.

As you can imagine, having this level of control over components would be unheard of as today’s home theater systems typically include a bevy of different remote controls, infrared codes, physical cables and / or separate Wi-Fi apps for each device.

The publication’s source claims that the API works on all levels of popular components, even allowing the user to control programming guides on a cable provider’s box. Perhaps this could be the game-changer that the late Steve Jobs was referring to when he said he’d finally cracked it?

Finally, the iTV isn’t expected to make an appearance at WWDC although at this point anything is viable. The developer conference runs from June 11 through the 15th in San Francisco.




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Guest said:

I really hope that this iTV will support Natural resolution, which is the 4k x 4k. I'm thinking that if it's just 1080p...well...everyone else does 1080p; so nothing special there.

It's a shame that other companies don't really lead the technology revolution; in that regard, that god there's Apple.

...and no I'm no fanbay. I don't own any apple products.

killeriii said:

lol,

looks like the Nintendo Wii.

Guest said:

I really wish they would come out with a real name for this apple tv thing. Every time I see a story about iTV I'm wondering why tech sites are talking about a uk tv channel.

Guest said:

I'm suprised we haven't seen a home gateway/server yet. What I mean is a basic system or applicance that takes all inputs (cable, internet, broadcast, phone, LAN, wireless, whatever) into a central system and redistributes to various devices. It could record data (media, audio, phone, voice mail, etc) and playback to numerious devices. Using standard ethernet/wireless your home applicances could connect for a smart home system. Then all the devices you use simply connect to this. As opposed to now where basically everyone is comming out with various methods that all need an internet connection and work in various ways.

wiyosaya said:

I really wish they would come out with a real name for this apple tv thing. Every time I see a story about iTV I'm wondering why tech sites are talking about a uk tv channel.

Personally, I'm expecting a law suit from the uk TV channel.

I really hope that this iTV will support Natural resolution, which is the 4k x 4k. I'm thinking that if it's just 1080p...well...everyone else does 1080p; so nothing special there.

It's a shame that other companies don't really lead the technology revolution; in that regard, that god there's Apple.

...and no I'm no fanbay. I don't own any apple products.

Everyone just got through with an upgrade to 1080p capable displays. I have my doubts that the market will support another expensive upgrade to 4K or even 8K at this time. Give it five years or so, then the market might welcome it, IMHO.

Guest said:

Does it have Siri too? I thought it'll be fun having a tv that you can talk with :p

1 person liked this | Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Still a few bugs to work out in Siri

"I'd like to watch a movie with Jason Bourne"

"Somehow I always knew it. I have prepared a list of gay porn for you"

Guest said:

I got this itv cuz my aunt is in apple comp

SNGX1275 SNGX1275, TS Forces Special, said:

Still a few bugs to work out in Siri

"I'd like to watch a movie with Jason Bourne"

"Somehow I always knew it. I have prepared a list of gay porn for you"

LOL.

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