Apple Set to Launch an Internal Overhaul for Apple TV Software on September 18
Apple is set to release the next update for the Apple TV next week alongside the release of iOS 7 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with new software that is said to enhance AirPlay capabilities. Details on the upcoming update were revealed by AllThingsD
, citing people familiar with Apple’s plans.
Although Apple isn’t planning on updating the Apple TV hardware, the company is set to launch an “internal overhaul” that will “tweak” the current AirPlay feature, which allows users to stream content from their iOS device or Mac to the set-top box. After the update, users will reportedly be able to stream purchased content from their iTunes Store to another person’s Apple TV, even if it isn’t set up with their Apple ID and password. The media will be streaming directly from the cloud rather than requiring a local device.
This tweak will give the Apple TV an ability which was offered by Google’s recently released Chromecast, a $35 media streaming dongle which launched this summer.
Details on the software updates that are headed for the Apple TV were originally revealed last week, suggesting that the latest version will gain additional channels, content and functionality. The Cupertino California company has been gradually adding new channels to the device in recent months with the latest push supplying content from Vevo, Disney, the Weather Channel, and the Smithsonian Channel. Prior to that, Apple added HBO Go, WatchESPN, Sky News, CrunchyRoll, and Qello.
Are any of you Apple TV owners excited about the upcoming update?