By Jim Karpen on Tue, 02/11/2014
Rumors continue to swirl regarding the Apple TV set-top box. One rumor is that Apple will be adding gaming and an App Store for the device sometime within the next six weeks. My hunch is that there's a good chance for this happening. In addition, there have been rumors that we'll see a new Apple TV device in the first half of this year. Now, according to a post on 9To5Mac, we have confirmation of a new device. Buried in iOS 7 is a reference to the forthcoming device, alongside references to the already-available versions. It's referenced as AppleTV4,1, with the previous iteration being AppleTV 3,2. The post says that the jump in increment to 4 suggests that the box will be a major upgrade rather than a minor update. 9To5Mac also notes that the previous Apple TV was introduced in March 2012, so it would make sense that March would be the month for the announcement for a new generation of the device.
And speaking of Apple TV news, today Apple launched a new Beatles channel on the device promoting the availability of their music in the iTunes Store offering a video of their first US performance on the Ed Sullivan Show 50 years ago yesterday. The 14-minute performance is available in its entirety—but for a limited time. A post on AppleInsider says the video is also available in the iTunes Store via a Mac or PC, but I wasn't able to quickly find it.