Following Apple’s acquisition of PrimeSense back in November 2013, a new patent indicates it could be working on a new type of virtual keyboard that would allow users to type in mid-air using a Kinect-like 3D camera system.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster refuses to give up on his Apple TV dream, but it does seem to have changed ever so slightly. Rather than promising us a new television set this year, Munster now expects a revamped set-top box that could be the centerpiece of Apple’s fall 2015 product lineup.
In a recently-released research note, well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo notes that the Apple TV set-top box is set to receive a refresh later this year, with the updated device playing a “key role” in Apple’s ecosystem. The new device will include a plethora of innovative new features including motion control, which will allow users to interact with the device without the need for a remote control.
Until now, Apple has maintained that Apple TV is a hobby, and has kept it hidden on its website.
However, it looks like that is about to change as 9to5Mac has noticed that Apple has just updated its website, and finally added Apple TV as a product, just like the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on its online store.
Just about every device running iOS also runs on Apple’s brand new 64-bit A7 chip. Only two notable exceptions come to mind: The Apple TV and the iPod touch. The latter might cease to exists, but with regards to the former, rumor has it that the Apple TV will be refreshed in 2014 with A7 in tow. The source of the rumor is none other than KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a pretty solid track record when it comes to this stuff. He says Apple’s goal is to sell a little over 8 million of these faster Apple TVs next year.