The new Apple TV is finally expected to arrive next month at Cupertino’s rumored September 9 event. We’ve already heard plenty of rumors about the upcoming set-top box, but a new report offers even more details on the device’s hardware and software.
The latest Apple TV rumor comes from 9to5Mac, who has a pretty incredible track record when it comes to breaking Apple news. He notes that the new product will be slimmer and wider, but looks pretty similar to the current version. It could also feature 1GB or even 2GB of RAM (up from 512MB) and at least 32GB of storage (up from 8GB). The new Apple TV will apparently still feature plastic design so it can connect easily over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Apple will also introduce a new remote with some exciting changes. According to Gurman’s source that includes a larger design, “more tactile keys,” gesture controls and maybe even a Force Touch surface. It could also feature a small speaker, a microphone for interacting with Siri, and a headphone jack for private listening.
On the software side the Apple TV is expected to run an iOS-based operating system, though the interface will still resemble older models. Adding Siri will introduce voice controls, however, 9to5Mac notes that Proactive smart suggestions like the ones coming to iOS 9 won’t be available at launch.
The new Apple TV will also feature a dedicated App Store, though it won’t be as diverse as the iOS version. Apple is apparently focusing on video channels, and making sure companies can introduce apps on their own schedule. Games and other services are also possible, but apparently aren’t a priority for now.
Finally, Gurman confirms that Apple’s rumored TV streaming service won’t be launching this year. However, once it does arrive it should be available as an update for the new Apple TV model debuting next month.