MacNN | FCC may have unveiled smaller, next-gen Apple TV early
Mac News Network View: Standard | Headlines | Categorized | Slim
Mac News Network
Mac News iPod News Reviews Forums
 

Desktop Headlines
FCC may have unveiled smaller, next-gen Apple TV early
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 @ 9:49pm

After being hinted at through discoveries in the Apple TV software update released on Monday, the Federal Communications Commission released a test document that appears to confirm a forthcoming revision of the Apple TV unit, slightly smaller than its predecessor by just 8mm (about a third of an inch), but featuring an upgrade to the A5X processor and a new Broadcom chip. It isn't known if the new version will have any extra abilities over the third-gen Apple TV beyond those granted in the latest software update.



Monday's release of v5.2 firmware for the Apple TV (roughly equivalent to the v6.1 update for other iOS devices) added the "Up Next" feature from iTunes that lets users see what will play next (and the ability to edit that list); lets AirPlay work in both directions for audio (previously, all streaming from other devices was done to the Apple TV, now the Apple TV can be a source for other devices), and added support for Bluetooth keyboards. The code also referred to an "Apple TV 3,2," suggesting either an international version of the current model, or a new model altogether. The FCC filing would suggest that Apple plans to create one version for all markets, using a new Broadcom chip in the forthcoming model to span the various frequencies needed for global Wi-Fi and Bluetooth standards. The fact that the unit was tested by the FCC confirms that it will be sold in the US as well. The Broadcom BCM4334 chip is a low-power, dual-band, 40-nanometer combo communications chip that supports 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and also has an integrated FM receiver. It supports network connectivity on one band while allowing content streaming on the other using Wi-Fi Display and Wi-Fi Direct. The addition of a A5X processor may represent the most substantial aspect of the upgraded model. When used in devices like the third-generation iPad, the chip is normally dual-core: Apple may opt to disable one core as it did with the A5 chip in the current Apple TV, but if it doesn't then the device stands to gain more than double its present processing power, not to mention a substantially advanced "quad core" graphics processor that lays the foundation for future upgrades. How exactly Apple would make use of the extra CPU and advanced GPU, if indeed it does at all, isn't yet clear. However, hackers have shown that iOS apps could be made to work with the system, since it runs a variation of the same iOS that powers the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Ever since the Apple TV moved to its present form factor, users have wished for a way to also run iOS apps on the systems. Despite HDTVs being much larger than iOS device screens, apps would not require any graphics changes to run on them, as the resolution of HDTV is generally lower than that of most current iOS devices.

Comments on this Article
Print Friendly Version
Email to a Friend
Add MacNN to Your RSS Feeds
Buy from the Apple Store


Related Stories:

Today's MacNN Stories:

  • Sony reveals four sound bars, two receivers shipping this summer - 7:56 PM EST
  • Latest Apple environmental report out, shows larger carbon footprint - 7:30 PM EST
  • Apple now charging cards, preparing to ship first Apple Watch orders - 5:30 PM EST
  • Daily Deals: iPad Air 2 Retina, Lenovo ThinkPad Edge, Kindle Fire HD 7 - 3:22 PM EST
  • Review: Neurio Intelligent Home Monitor - 3:03 PM EST
  • Micromat uses more sensors for Mac diagnostics in TechTool Pro 8 - 11:22 AM EST
  • Hands On: BusyContacts 1.0.2 (OS X) - 9:04 AM EST
  • New Apple Watch bands revealed by Ive, Newson at Milan showcase - 8:02 AM EST
  • Pointers: look it up in the Dictionary (OS X, iOS) - 8:00 AM EST
  • Hands On: Office Lens 1.01 (iOS, Android) - 7:20 AM EST

    Today's iPodNN Stories:
  • Android Wear update will include app, Wi-Fi, emoji changes - 1:33 PM EST
  • Nokia reportedly planning return of branded mobile phones for 2016 - 9:05 AM EST
  • Sony unveils Xperia Z4, prepares to ship in Japan this summer - 6:53 AM EST
  • Google Wallet balances now have FDIC protection - 8:43 PM EST
  • Oregon 'fixes' recent tax law changes to encourage Google Fiber - 4:31 PM EST
  • No comments posted on this story yet. Please post yours.
    Your Comments
    In order to post comments, you must be a registered member of the MacNN Forums and logged in. Please login with your MacNN Forums username and password.

    MacNN Forums Login:

    MacNN Forums Password:

    Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.