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  • Apple Rumored to Unveil New Apple TV and Accessory Alongside iPad 3


    According to the folks over at 9to5Mac, sources that are close to Apple’s upcoming product released are saying that Apple is launching a new Apple TV alongside the next-generation iPad. It was initially being reported that Apple would be releasing not one but two major new products in early March. The new Apple TV is rumored to include a faster processor (a possible variation of the A5 chip). The A5 chip is said to be required for the Apple TV to finally stream 1080p quality video, with rumors of a possible “A5X” chip that includes an improved graphics engine.

    Other rumors afloat include a redesigned Bluetooth 4.0 remote control and Siri support, neither of which can be confirmed at the moment. It is highly likely that the new Apple TV would be launching with a new 1080P movie service from Apple’s iTunes Store. It is being said that the next-generation iPad will likely launch in March according to the internal product number that seem to be appearing in inventories (J1, J2, and J2A). The sources are claiming that the iPad shipments are already in and interested buyers can expect almost immediate availability.

    The J1 iPad is likely the Wi-Fi only model with the J2 and J2A being two different cellular-data enabled versions. Rumors continue to point towards GSM/CDMA/LTE as the cellular-data types but none of them are confirmed. It is possible that the J2 model is therefore a combination of the three. Other rumors include the possibility of the J1 model only being available in one color at launch.

    Furthermore, it is being rumored that there is going to be a new mystery accessory also being launched alongside with the new Apple TVs and iPads. It hasn’t been confirmed exactly what the accessory is or will be but it is called “B82” internally. Rumors point it towards being a new cable, cover, or new audio remote – especially with rumors of the new Apple TV having Bluetooth 4.0 capability.

    Source: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Rumored to Unveil New Apple TV and Accessory Alongside iPad 3 started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      I am excited for every part of this!!! I have an iPad 1 and held out on getting a 2 because of the lack of better screen. Most definitely will be getting the 3 this year.

      As far as the apple tv, SUPER stoked!!! I have 2 atv2's and use both regularly!!!

      Great way to start of the year apple
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      Ok was there like I contest to see how many times you could put the word "rumor" in this review?? lol if it was, congratulations... YOU WON! lol j/k this is all great news(I mean rumors)
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Breezy215 View Post
      Ok was there like I contest to see how many times you could put the word "rumor" in this review?? lol if it was, congratulations... YOU WON! lol j/k this is all great news(I mean rumors)
      7 to be exact
    1. Chamix's Avatar
      Chamix -
      Yes! Bring on the 1080p aptv! I also currently own a jailbraked aptv and it has become my most precious media extender in the living room. Its priceless being able to stream any media format from my home server! I hope the guys at firecore update their software as soon as the new aptv comes out!
    1. Raybeast's Avatar
      Raybeast -
      Sold my iPad 2 yesterday, hopefully the iPad 3 starting price will be 499.99.
    1. sofakingstewpit's Avatar
      sofakingstewpit -
      I really hope the accessory is a gamepad. Apple could DOMINATE the games industry with a $99 dollar atv3 and a real controller. Think about Infinity Blade 2 quality graphics on your TV with game prices in the $5, $10 or $15 dollar price range. As much as I love my PS3, I don't think Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo could compete with a device such as that. With their $200-$400 boxes and $60 games they would be in serious trouble. Not to mention that new consoles are most likely on the way and they have probably been developed with the old pricing structure in mind.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I said this yesterday after we heard the confirmed release, that Apple would probably unveil the iTV and iPad 3! How sweet would that be?! Two awesome products released together!
    1. silkd's Avatar
      silkd -
      Is there anyway to actually convert bluray rips (m2ts files) to a format the apple tv can play without losing video / audio quality?
    1. Jupit3r's Avatar
      Jupit3r -
      I would love Apple to make an Apple TV in white.. It would compliment every other white Apple product that I own haha
    1. bstunt10190's Avatar
      bstunt10190 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raybeast View Post
      Sold my iPad 2 yesterday, hopefully the iPad 3 starting price will be 499.99.
      lol ihad bought mine on the 17th, so u better believe i returned that bad boy tonight.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sofakingstewpit View Post
      I really hope the accessory is a gamepad. Apple could DOMINATE the games industry with a $99 dollar atv3 and a real controller. Think about Infinity Blade 2 quality graphics on your TV with game prices in the $5, $10 or $15 dollar price range. As much as I love my PS3, I don't think Sony, Microsoft or Nintendo could compete with a device such as that. With their $200-$400 boxes and $60 games they would be in serious trouble. Not to mention that new consoles are most likely on the way and they have probably been developed with the old pricing structure in mind.
      I don't think they would have ton to worry about. The hardcore gamers still would and do prefer the console games over mobile versions. Yes mobile games are moving along nicely but still a great majority of them are not near the stuff console games do or require.

      And some companies are milking the product on the various products. Like Dungeon Hunter. It is what .99 on the iDevices. 15$ on the PS3. And now they put it out on the Vita for 39$.
    1. silkd's Avatar
      silkd -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      I don't think they would have ton to worry about. The hardcore gamers still would and do prefer the console games over mobile versions. Yes mobile games are moving along nicely but still a great majority of them are not near the stuff console games do or require.

      And some companies are milking the product on the various products. Like Dungeon Hunter. It is what .99 on the iDevices. 15$ on the PS3. And now they put it out on the Vita for 39$.
      Not that I am totally defending the $40 price on the vita, but it is not an identical game. There are many upgrades and a real controller to use which makes it a lot more enjoyable to play than the ipad version.