Will We See A New Apple TV Next Week? Amazon Suggests So

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It’s been well over a year since the Apple TV received a significant refresh, so we’ve long been wondering whether Apple was planning to unveil a new model at its iPad event this fall. Amazon listings in France and Germany seem to suggest that’s the case, with the $99 set-top box now out of stock until October 23 — a day after Apple’s event.

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This could be a complete coincidence, of course, but it’s not often Apple products sell out like this — unless they’re hugely popular right after their initial debut, or they’re at the end of their life cycle and are waiting to be refreshed. And you could certainly put the Apple TV into that second bracket.

March 2012 was the last time the device received a significant update, which added a new processor and support for 1080p video playback. So it is certainly due for some attention.

We know Apple isn’t planning to discontinue the device; it may not be a massive seller, but the Cupertino company sees it as a “hobby” product and it’s not going to give up on it. It has also been working hard to bring new channels to the device in recent months.

You may want to wait until after next week’s event before you invest in a new Apple TV, then. It will take place on Tuesday, October 22, and we expect to see updates to both the iPad and the iPad mini.

  • Market_Mayhem

    If it doesn’t support PLEX then it’s crippled because Apple just won’t allow it. Exactly what does Apple have against .mkv files? It’s the best media content wrapper out there with plenty of free tools to use.

  • SupaMac

    agreed, but it won’t have plex.

    they should have developed Front Row further.

    If it doesn’t support PLEX then it’s crippled because Apple just won’t allow it. Exactly what does Apple have against .mkv files? It’s the best media content wrapper out there with plenty of free tools to use.

  • sjbayguy

    I completely agree with the guy below. I switched from Apple TV to Roku after I found Plex. I had originally hacked an AT2 and install the Plex client but it never functioned correctly. I very much dislike Itunes….apple should really pay attention to Plex….their software is amazing and its free.

  • James Katt

    I tried but did not like Plex. The problem is that it completely takes over the Mac you use as a server, making the Mac useless for anything else. iTunes, on the other hand, can run in the background on a Mac or PC. And the AppleTV can stream movies from it easily.

    AppleTV is fantastic for streaming video wirelessly from your iPhone and iPad. It is also great for wirelessly sharing screens with a Mac and showing video from a Mac. These can’t be done with Roku.

    I think WD TV Play Media Player is much better than a Roku. The main reason is that it has a SlingBox Client. No other competitor has a SlingBox Client. SlingBox allows use to watch AND CONTROL our home television and DVR from anywhere in the world, including in your own bedroom.

    Of course, the Slingbox app from your iPhone and iPad can also wirelessly stream to an AppleTV so you can watch your Slingbox attached home TV and DVR from anywhere in the world. Roku can’t do this either. It is far too limited.

    The WD TV Play Media Player also allows you to attach a USB Hard Drive for watching movies and video. Add 4 TB Drive and you have thousands of movies at your fingertips. This is much better than Roku.

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