New Apple TV set-top box coming

Rumors were flying that a redesigned Apple TV was coming, thanks to an FCC filing that revealed the new device. The specs seemed to indicate a smaller form factor, as well as upgraded innards. And for the second time in recent weeks, Apple has uncharacteristically responded to a rumor, telling The Verge that the form factor will be the same and that the component changes in the forthcoming device won't be noticeable to customers: "We sometimes make component changes which require an updated model number for regulatory approval. The component changes we made don't affect product features and Apple TV customers will continue to have the same great user experience." AppleInsider and other websites are suggesting the device will get the faster A5X chip. The new device is expected this quarter.

Rumors aside, there is indeed news this week related to Apple TV: the release of version 5.2. The update adds Bluetooth support so that you'll be able to easily type your search terms via a Bluetooth keyboard. Also, greater iCloud integration lets you browse and play your purchased iTunes music directly from iCloud. And a feature called Up Next lets you see upcoming songs when playing music so you can easily choose what plays next.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.