This Rumored iPhone Supplier May Seem Like a Buy, But Beware

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It is also believed to be unveiling a new touchscreen remote control, and will add support for wireless gamepads to the new product, set to be unveiled alongside its latest iPhones. ‘According to sources with knowledge of the product, the fourth-generation Apple TV will actively compete for TV gamers with updated hardware, software, and peripherals that will debut at Apple’s September 9 event in San Francisco,’ 9to5mac claims. Expected to be called the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the handsets are expected to look identical to the current version – but include radically overhauled internals and a new force sensitive screen, along with a new ‘rose gold’ colour option.

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. Some of this may be wishful thinking on Apple’s part, but you can’t deny that Apple has disrupted the handheld console market (think Nintendo’s line of DS and 3DS systems) with its App Store, iPhone, and iPad products. 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. Apple suppliers are gearing up for the launch of a smaller 4-inch model dubbed iPhone 6C as soon as November – but according to 9to5Mac, it will not be revealed at the event. ‘Sources say that while Apple has been working on a new 4-inch iPhone with the capabilities of last year’s iPhone 6, the device is not yet ready to ship.’ It also claims Apple has been prototyping an even smaller iPhone with a 3.5-inch display, the same size of the iPhone’s screen from the first model in 2007 to the iPhone 4S in 2011 – but believes the product has been abandoned.

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. It follows reports in May that a smaller, cheaper model would launch before the end of the year and feature the same Touch ID sensor seen on the flagship handsets.

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. At last year’s launch event, Apple had been expected to launch a iPhone 6C following the release of the 5C the previous year but these rumours were proved wrong.

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. It is not know how much the iPhone 6C will cost, but the 5C was marketed as a low-cost alternative to the flagship models and the 6C is expected to follow suit. According to Apple: ‘Force Touch uses tiny electrodes around the flexible Retina display to distinguish between a light tap and a deep press, and trigger instant access to a range of contextually specific controls. ‘It also lets you select different watch faces, pause or end a workout, search an address in Maps, and more.

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. But the remote also has motion controls, so 9to5 Mac writes that could lead to some interesting applications such as using the remote as a steering wheel for a racing game. These devices connect to iPhones and iPads already via Bluetooth connections. 9to5 Mac is optimistic that these controllers will be more appealing for gamers.

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. One reason is that Bluetooth connectivity isn’t always reliable, and the controllers have been criticized — particularly by Nvidia — as being too slow. But in its favor, Apple has made it possible to create some cool games with high-end 3D graphics via its Metal applications programming interface, which enables games to take advantage of iOS hardware to the fullest. 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.

These games are likely to be much more interesting to gamers and, given the rapid forward progress, could represent the biggest threat Apple poses to the game consoles. And game makers may be more interested in making their games work with game controllers if they know that downloading games to the Apple TV box is going to be a real option. 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. Apple is reportedly working on deals with content providers so that users will be able to give up cable TV subscriptions, but that isn’t expected to arrive until later, due to difficult negotiations. 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.

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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