New Apple TV Clues Found in iOS 7

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Source: Apple.comMore evidence that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) will soon be releasing a revamped Apple TV device has been discovered. According to 9to5Mac and Apple researcher Hamza Sood, there is a string of text in the latest iOS 7 builds that references “AppleTV4, 1.” This appears to be an indication that Apple is planning to release a next-generation set-top device. As noted by 9to5Mac, the “AppleTV4, 1” reference follows similar references to “AppleTV2, 1,” “AppleTV3, 1,” and “AppleTV3, 2.” “Apple TV2, 1” is known to refer to a model introduced in 2010, while “AppleTV3, 1” refers to the 1080p high-definition model released in March of 2012. Finally, “AppleTV3, 2” refers to the current Apple TV iteration.

The “4” designation is significant because a new number strongly suggests that Apple’s next digital media receiver will feature major hardware upgrades. Per 9to5Mac, the name also indicates that the next Apple TV will remain part of the recently delineated Apple TV product line.

There may also be additional proof that the upcoming Apple TV will provide game support. Apple news site iLounge previously cited “reliable industry sources” that reported that the new Apple TV would have a function that will allow users to directly download games to the digital media receiver. The sources also suggested that Bluetooth-enabled controllers were in development.

According to 9to5Mac, the latest software builds include tantalizing references to iOS 7’s Game Controller framework, which suggests that game controllers could be linked to the new Apple TV. However, these references could also be vestiges from frameworks that were used for the iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

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