Apple is planning to launch a revamped Apple TV alongside the next iPhones in the autumn, according to reports.
Rumours initially suggested the Californian company intended to showcase the new set top box at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June, but it was deemed unready at the time. Now the product will be part of the iPhone launch event slated for September, according to BuzzFeed.
The fourth generation Apple TV is said to feature a touch-pad remote, extra inbuilt storage and Siri voice control for browsing and selecting programmes and films to watch. The company’s much-rumoured digital TV subscription service is likely to follow early next year, sources said.
The newly-designed box will also support Homekit, after Apple confirmed that Apple TV would act as a central hub for its connected home appliances, including ecobee thermostats, lighting kits and smart sensors.
Apple TV was launched in 2007 alongside the first ever iPhone, and is now in its third generation. The company is rumoured to have held negotiations with US broadcasters including ABC, CBS and Fox over the expected online TV service, which is predicted to cost between $30 and $40 per month via subscription. Apple struck a deal with HBO to secure early streaming access for the latest series of Game of Thrones back in March.
Apple was granted a patent filing for an Apple TV remote with inbuilt Touch ID sensor last week, allowing users to use their biometric data to enter TV passwords, created personalised profiles or controlling connected devices.
The original Apple TB box, launched in 2007
The third generation Apple TV
The patent, filed in January 2014, explores how biometric information collected through fingerprint sensors could be harnessed to personalise user profiles and acess accounts without the need for ‘annoying and/or burdensome’ logins.
The next generation of iPhones, believed to be called the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, is expected to go on sale in the UK on September 25 following its launch earlier in the month, according to a leaked internal Vodafone memo.
The new handsets are expected to retain the same display dimensions as the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus – 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches respectively – with the introduction of a new rose gold shade and Force Touch technology integrated into the displays, as in the Apple Watch.