Tim Cook to hold off any hardware announcements until later, says report
“Trusted sources” are telling BGR that Apple is on track to unveil a new Apple TV operating system at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference on June 11th.The blog, which has been a reliable source of leaks in the past, reports that this new operating system is said to be “much more feature-complete than the current OS that runs on the Apple TV.”
The rumored HD TV Apple is working on would be based on this particular OS, said the sources.
Apple is reportedly enticing accessory manufacturers to use a “control out” API (application programming interface) in order to make their hardware interoperable with the new OS, eliminating messy wires and infrared remotes.
The remote itself will undergo some changes too, and the iOS apps used as remotes for the current Apple TV will undoubtedly see some alterations as well.
“It’s said that by using the API, it will be possible to control any connected components all from the Apple remote,” according to the breaking report.
“The control out API is said to work with all aspects of various popular components, even allowing control over things like program guides on a cable operators’ set top boxes and other hardware components.”
The source reportedly expressed his / her conviction that Apple would not show any actual hardware at the WWDC 2012 keynote address, but that “it’s certainly possible.”
Apple currently sells a set-top box marketed as the Apple TV. Despite boasting no screen of itself, the Apple TV has proven to be a somewhat popular product, thanks to its ease of use and the ties to Apple’s growing library of titles in the iTunes Store.
The company is said to plan an attack on the living room with a revolutionary TV set that boasts Siri integration.