New Apple TV 'to feature A8 chip but lack 4K support'
The new Apple TV box will include a new and improved A8 chip and Siri-enabled remote, but will lack support for 4K video streaming, a report has alleged.
The fourth generation set top box, expected to be revealed next week alongside the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus on Wednesday September 9.
It will retain the same black design as the current model, with the same basic ports, and will come in 8GB and 16GB versions, according to 9to5Mac. Prices are said to start at $149.
The newly-optimised iOS 9 TV operating system will include Siri voice-activated search support, the App Store and a renewed focus on gaming. The new remote, meanwhile, will feature a touch-pad, as previously reported, above Siri activation and Home buttons.
The new control could also feature the Force Touch technology which Apple first showcased in the Apple Watch and has subsequently rolled out to the 21-inch MacBook and updated 15-inch MacBook Pro.
Despite the fact the forthcoming iPhones will be able to shoot 4K quality video, the new Apple TV will not be able to support the ultra high-resolution format for content streaming.
However, it looks like the rumoured streaming service will still be delayed until early next year, following difficulties in negotiations with TV content providers including CBS and 21st Century Fox, according to Bloomberg.
Apple is reported to have made a bid for former Top Gear trio Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May as part of a plan to create its own original TV shows, before eventually losing out to Amazon.
The newly-designed box will also support Homekit, after Apple confirmed that Apple TV would act as a central hub for its connected home appliances, including ecobee thermostats, lighting kits and smart sensors.
The media player was first launched in 2007 alongside the very first iPhone, and allows owners to navigate digital iTunes, Netflix, Now TV, YouTube, Hulu Plus and Vevo content using its remote control or through their iOS devices.