Apple today announced during its earning conference call that it has sold 20 million Apple TVs since the product launched in January 2009. This disclosure is unusual for Apple, which normally does not reveal sales numbers for individual models and smaller product categories like the Apple TV.
Apple has just added three new channels from the A&E Network to the Apple TV. This includes A&E, the History Channel and Lifetime. Although free previews will be offered to the users, they will require a cable subscriptionÂ to view full contentÂ on these channels. Subscribers ofÂ DirecTV, Verizon FiOS and Cablevision Optimum can benefit from this new addition at the moment.
Google unveiled its experimental “Project Tango” smartphone earlier this year, and its 3D indoor and outdoorÂ mapping technology was rumored to be powered byÂ the Movidius Myriad 1 3D-sensing chip. This turned out to be true. However, a recent teardown revealed that the device is also powered by Apple technology, namely theÂ PrimeSense Capri PS1200 3D imaging system-on-a-chip.
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 deviceÂ 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.
KGI Research analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple is targeting Q3 2014 for a massive product rollout that will extend across most of the company’s product lines, reports 9to5Mac. Kuo and KGI are usually reliable, which lends some credence to their predictions for a big holiday quarter for Apple.
Rumors suggest Apple is working on a new Apple TV, with new hardware and software that’ll add support for Apps, games and more. Sources for these rumors include the WSJ, 9to5Mac and even iOS 7 itself. Adding more fuel to the fire is the latest tidbit about the Apple TV, which comes from none other than Comcast and Time Warner.