Details about Apple’s upcoming refresh to its set-top box, the Apple TV, keep funneling out ahead of the expected debut on Apple’s September 9 event day.
Earlier today, we learned that the new box will probably cost upwards of $199, but that price tag reflects plenty of additions that Apple is making, which include built-in Siri controls, an App Store of its own, a refreshed UI, and even a remote with a touch pad and motion sensors. Now, according to a new report published recently by 9to5Mac, Apple is putting quite a big focus not only on Siri, but also gaming.
The report indicates that, based on information learned from sources “with knowledge of the product,” Apple will be putting a major focus on gaming, essentially entering another market to compete with companies like Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. That not only includes support for games that use motion controlled settings, but also more fully-featured games which would take advantage of Bluetooth-equipped controllers.
The remote that will come included with the Apple TV 4 will feature several hardware buttons, including the touch pad, and a dedicated Home button. The remote will reportedly also feature a dedicated Siri button, which owners will be able to press at any time to activate Siri and launch whatever it is they want to launch. According to the sources, “you can navigate [mostly everything] on the new Apple TV [solely] using the new Siri button.” More than that, Apple will be putting a huge focus on Siri for the set-top box, with the sources suggesting it will be seen as a convenience to both non-gamers and gamers alike.
(It’s worth noting that both Microsoft’s Xbox One and Sony’s PlayStation 4 offer voice controls. For Microsoft’s console, owners need to have a Kinect connected to their console, and with the upcoming launch of Windows 10 on the console, Cortana will be present. For Sony, owners can either use the camera (similar to the Kinect) for the console, or simply plug in a headset to the controller to access voice controls.)
On top of all that, the report indicates that the new Apple TV 4 will feature support for Bluetooth 4.2 and 802.11ac wireless standards, which should be an improvement across the board for the set-top box.
The Apple TV 4 is sounding like an interesting product, to be sure. Are you looking forward to it?