Little news came up since our last coverage on the refresh of Apple’s highly anticipated TV setup, but it seems that the guys over at BGR have managed to get a hold of a report which states that we should see a new UI for the Apple TV at the upcoming WWDC event taking place on the 11th of June.
As per the report, the redesigned user interface will offer a preview experience of how the Apple HDTV will look like. While the current generation of the standard definition TV was released in March, it is interesting to find out that they are already considering an update of the iOS.
With the new refresh Apple wants their product to be fully compatible with the 1080p standard in terms of television in a small black box. As there are already a lot of TVs out there which come with support for various social services like Facebook or video streaming like YouTube, we should expect the company in Cupertino to bring other similar features as well in their upcoming update of the platform.
During a visit to his homeland, Apple’s senior vice-president of Industrial Design, Sir Jony Ive has not confirmed or infirmed this, only stating that they are excited about the current line-up of products but also on what’s coming next, which makes us think that there could actually be something behind the rumors discovered by BGR. You don’t see designers give hints about future products very often so you can imagine that he obviously can’t say more than that.
From the same report we can find out that Apple is currently in discussion with its manufacturers to implement a new control out API, so that any other accessory manufacturer can use it to connect with the Apple TV and with the actual TV. Some sources claim that Apple is considering using the iTV name for the feature but given the fact that there’s already such a service in the United Kingdom, it will be interesting to see how this is going to be sorted out. The last thing that they need now is litigation with another company, which could prevent them from selling the device with the redesigned iOS.
The same report which is actually the news source about the new UI of the Apple TV states that Apple is not going to release the Apple HDTV anytime soon, so that’s one more item that you can cross of the device list to be presented at the WWDC. It is very likely that we are going to see a release this fall, with the future iPhone 5.