I’ve never owned an Apple TV, and to be honest, I didn’t really feel like it. It was perfectly replaced by the Smart TV function available on all my TVs. Therefore, I absolutely did not want to pay for the essence of the same. But finally, I was convinced of the uselessness of Apple TV with the purchase of a new smart TV from Samsung with support for AirPlay, Apple TV + and Apple Music. Obviously, this understanding actually came to many, because recently the Apple set-top box has completely disappeared from the information field, creating a persistent feeling that Cupertino wants to abandon its development altogether. But it was not there.
According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on a brand new Apple TV that will no longer be just a box that gives TVs access to smart features. The novelty will be a complex device, effectively combining the functionality of the original set-top box, HomePod, and a webcam. What for? But behind home.
What will be the new Apple TV
From Apple TV, the future product will be the tvOS operating system itself, access to an extensive library of applications, online cinemas, games and Apple’s own services. In general, it will be a device that makes ordinary TVs smart, endowing them with an appropriate range of capabilities.
From HomePod, which is logical, they will take the audio component. To be honest, it is hard to believe that the upcoming Frankenstein will sound as cool as the original speaker, but there is practically no doubt that it will be more a speaker with the capabilities of a set-top box, and not vice versa.
Well, and the purpose of the webcam, I think, does not need to be explained to anyone. Of course, it will be needed in order for FaceTime to work on the updated Apple TV. This may sound strange, but it actually makes sense. Sound and voice recording will be provided by the built-in HomePod, the display of the image on the screen – by Apple TV, and the TV itself will be the screen itself.
Many people cannot believe that Apple will dare to create such a Frankenstein, but the company has actually confirmed an early (and maybe not very fast) release of a complex multimedia product. The fact is that in one of the beta versions of tvOS, a mention of FaceTime compatibility was found.
When the new Apple TV comes out
It is logical that in the current form of Apple TV, video service support is needed like a dog’s fifth leg, but if Apple is really working on a set-top box with a built-in speaker and webcam, then the innovation makes sense. True, it is not yet very clear how and where they want to build a camera in Cupertino. After all, making it separate is never an Apple way, but embedding it in a set-top box is strange, because many people usually have it somewhere in the back of a TV stand.
However, it is not a fact that Apple TV x HomePod will be released this year. Still, this is too difficult a product even for Apple, and, judging by the leaks, this year Cupertino is preparing something simpler for us. In any case, an increase in the supported resolution is expected, an increase in the supported refresh rate of the screen and – wow – a new remote control with a central button. It is called that because the designers placed it exactly in the middle of the console itself.
It is assumed that this button will be needed to interact with Siri. It is the assistant that will be the main tool for managing the set-top box and playback. Therefore, Cupertino decided to make sure that the user’s finger rests clearly on the call button of the voice assistant in order to be able to quickly and easily give him commands. True, why it was impossible to make Siri constantly listen to the user is not very clear to me.
Source: AppleInsider.ru — крупнейший сайт о iPhone, iPad, Mac в России by appleinsider.ru.
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