In a new report that seems to back up claims about rumoured features of a next-gen Apple TV set-top-box, including an A8 chip and a software development kit for third-party apps, TechCrunch editor Matthew Panzarino has revealed that Apple’s new gadget will have a motion-sensitive remote control with multi-axis sensors, a touchpad on the top, physical buttons on the bottom and a mic, for Siri voice recognition.
Apple TV to sport motion-sensitive touchpad
Panzarino says that the redesigned remote control will be targeted at casual gamers:
A game controller with a microphone, physical buttons, a touchpad and motion sensitive controls would be extremely capable. While Apple is likely going to target the broad casual gaming market, I would not be shocked to see innovative gameplay blossom from that type of input possibility. Think, for instance, of multi-player gaming with several people using voice input, or many popular genres of party games that would do far better on the TV than on an iPad or iPhone.
A new Apple TV device with an easy to use controller and App Store may be attractive for many casual gamers, who tend to gravitate towards those by Nintendo, in the same way that smartphones have also undermined handheld games consoles. With on-demand movies and TV shows, and a streaming TV service, the Apple TV could be set to dominate the living room in the next few years.
If a new Apple TV does see the light of day on the 9th of September, it will no longer be considered a “hobby” by Apple.
If Apple did indeed ‘delay’ the Apple TV from being released at WWDC, then it probably had a reason. And, if my sources are correct, that reason could well be polish, polish, polish. The experience of using it is said to blow away the types of junky smart TV interfaces we’ve had to deal with so far. This is the first real Apple TV product.
The new Apple TV is expected to be announced at Apple’s September 9th media event in San Francisco, as well as new iPhones.
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