Alongside the iOS 7.1 update for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Apple today also released Apple TV 6.1 Software Update, adding the ability to easily hide channels.
Apple has added a revamped iTunes Festival channel to Apple TV ahead of this week’s event at the South by Southwest (SXSW) 2014.
Apple had released an updated version of the iTunes Festival app with a refreshed icon and new design late last week.
Apple’s set-top box business may be a small in comparison to the iPad and iPhone, but it is still generating money for the company. According to Reuters, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed during the company’s annual shareholder meeting that Apple TV hardware and content generated more than $1 billion in sales during FY 2013. The $1 billion amount was accrued during the company’s fiscal year 2013 which started September 29, 2012 and ended September 28, 2013.
Earlier today, Apple unveiled a new promotion that offers a $25 iTunes gift card with every purchase of an Apple TV. This kicked off speculation that Apple was trying to move existing inventory ahead of a new Apple TV launch. Jim Dalrymple of The Loop squashed this rumor, when he responded with a resounding “Nope” in reply to questions about the Apple TV.
Apple bundling a $25 iTunes Gift Card with the Apple TV; sparks off speculation of next-gen Apple TV
In what is claimed to be a stock clearance drive, Apple is offering a $25 gift card with every purchase of its current gen Apple TV. Rumors of Apple preparing to launch a refresh to this home media device have been floating around the internet for quite a while now, so this new move doesn’t surprise us.
ESPN is adding 15 new college sports channels to its WatchESPN service and bringing them to the Apple TV and Roku devices, reports Variety. The channels will debut with live men’s and women’s basketball and will Â continue throughout the year with other sports, including college football in the fall.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a new Apple TV that’ll debut later this year. Apple is allegedly in talks with pay TV provider Time Warner Cable and other partners to provide content for the product.