It’s all but a given that Apple will unveil new iPhone hardware at next week’s media event but if you were hanging on to hope that a new Apple TV would also be forthcoming, you’re out of luck. All hope isn’t lost, however, as a new software update is in the pipeline according to sources familiar with Cupertino’s plans as reported by All Things D.
Among the new features that will be introduced in the update is the ability for a user to play content they’ve purchased from Apple on another users’ Apple TV using Airstream and Apple servers. For example, you’d be able to queue up a movie at your buddy’s house from your iPhone or iPad and have his or her Apple TV stream it. It’s convenient in that the media doesn’t need to be stored locally on your device.
Of course, such functionality is possible today but your friend would need to log out of their account and let you log in with your own credentials. Possible? Yes. Convenient? No, especially when using the remote bundled with Apple TV.
A set-top box shipment earlier this week from one of Apple’s new suppliers led some to believe that new hardware would be on the agenda at next week’s event. That shipment is now believed to have contained existing hardware rather than a new product.
Apple’s media event is set for September 10 at the company’s campus in Cupertino.
The Apple TV is a digital media receiver designed to play digital content like iTunes Store and NetFlix. The Apple TV features a micro-USB, HDMI, optical audio and an Ethernet port. It also allows you to sign in to your Wi-Fi account and use the remote (or better yet, the free Remote app on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch) to navigate around.
The Apple iPhone 5 is the latest flagship smartphone from Apple. The iPhone 5 features a 4-inch display retains the same 326 PPI density as its predecessor with an effective resolution of 1,126 x 640, and a new Lightning connector. The new handset now features 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi with 802.11n supporting dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. Bluetooth 4.0 is back in addition to GPS and GLONASS for location services.
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