The next generation Apple TV will get a massive overhaul this summer. According to John Paczkowski, now writing for Buzzfeed News, sources indicate that Apple will utilize their yearly world wide developer conference to introduce the new streaming media player. This comes on the heels of news that Apple was working to finalize a new web-based subscription television service later this year.
The new Apple TV will include upgrades to hardware. Customers can expect visual changes and upgrade to the internal components. Among those include the A8 system-on-a-chip and big changes the internal storage. The current generation includes only 8GB. The move to increase storage is to allow users to install third party apps. This will be made possible by Apple’s decision to include the App Store on Apple TV.
Voice control will also be on board. Users will be able to control the box utilizing Siri. As has been rumored previously, the Apple TV will allow for control of home automation products that support Homekit. Other changes may include a new remote. That would seem to be a likely way to use Siri, similar to what’s been done by Amazon and their Fire TV.
The third generation Apple TV has been showing its age for quite some time and a recent price drop to $69 was yet another sign that change was in the air.