My iPhone Wish List

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Apple TV 4 Will Retail Under $200 Starting In October: Report.

It’s been a long time coming, but the prophets appear to agree: Apple is finally ready to reinvent TV. Instead of a releasing a long-rumored Apple television set, which would be a longshot, the Cupertino company will likely showcase a radically improved version of its stodgy set-top box. The report says that the Apple TV will support pressure-sensitive buttons, joysticks, and basic motion control — that’s nothing out of the ordinary, but it’s enough to play more than the casual games that currently work best on iOS. Earlier in August, there were reports about the company’s next event to be hosted on the said date, and now the company has started sending invites to some media persons. TechCrunch’s own Matthew Panzarino laid out a detailed piece on what to expect from the new device, including a full platform for games and app content, an SDK from which developers can build, and a brand new remote.

What the Apple TV’s controllers won’t support, according to 9to5Mac, is motion control akin to what you’d find on the Wii, despite what a previous report said. Perhaps the most interesting hardware development, the remote will reportedly pack a number of motion sensors, a touchscreen, as well as a microphone for Siri-style integration. On the software side, Apple also has plans to build out a cable-replacing content platform that lets users watch television and movies on-demand, which sources say will cost $40/month.

Beefier specs, including a new processor, will also be an opportunity for developers who will reportedly be invited to build Apple TV-specific apps and games. In other words, you’ll be able to tilt the new Apple TV remote — and likely some of its controllers — to steer in a racing game, but you probably won’t be able to bowl with it. In terms of specs, the iPhone 6s is said to feature ForceTouch display, Apple Watch-like animated wallpapers, faster A9 processor and Qualcomm-built cellular chips.

A latest 9To5Mac report states that the cameras of both upcoming iPhone variants will be upgraded. “Apple will be moving from an 8-megapixel sensor to a custom imager billed as 12-megapixels in both of the new iPhones,” the report adds. The device is widely expected to have an improved interface, in addition to the new remote, with the biggest software feature being the introduction of an app store, which is where games for these controllers will come from. It’s unclear if those buttons will remain side-by-side as they were on previous versions of the remote or if they’ll be moved to either side of a large touch surface, as pictured in our render above. For example, in the Apple Watch, electrodes are embedded around the flexible OLED display that help detect the deformation caused by a press/tap/swipe.

While the fanboy sites have been busy imagining what a touchscreen remote might look like, most of the reports floating around ahead of the announcement use the word “touchpad,” so you might not want to get your hopes up. Also, along with a ‘slight shrinkage’ in size of the iPhone 6S’s logic board, Apple appears to be reducing the number of chips it uses for its phone. This would enable all kinds of new possibilities for developers, especially since they won’t have to worry about high processing demands draining the device’s battery life, like they do on mobile. Earlier this year, reports claimed that Apple will delay the start of production on the larger iPad Pro until around September due to problems involving the display panel supply.

But really, the biggest difference will be the release of an Apple TV software development kit that will finally open up the platform for custom-built apps. It also looks like Apple will allow third party companies to build their own Bluetooth-enabled controllers and other devices to complement what will soon be a well populated app store.

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