On September 9, Apple will finally announce a brand new Apple TV. The news was confirmed by 9To5 Mac's Mark Gurman, a consistently reliable source of Apple leaks over the last few years. The new Apple TV will finally have an App Store and support Siri, but those aren't the only two things it will have.
Here's what we think we know.
A brand new design:
According to Gurman the new Apple TV will be "taller" and "thicker" than the current version, which isn't much, considering the current Apple TV basically fits in the palm of your hand.
The real dramatic change, however, will come to the remote. The New York Times' Brian X Chen reported in May that "the remote control will gain a touch pad and also be slightly thicker than the current version." According to Chen, users will also be able to use the touch pad for scrolling around and will have two physical buttons -- one to activate Siri and the other one to act as a Home button.
The remote will also include motion sensors to let you use it like a steering wheel or a standard Nintendo Wii remote -- essentially turning your tiny Apple TV box into a casual gaming console.
More powerful guts:
If you're going to play games and run apps on your Apple TV, it better have some powerful insides. Buzzfeed's John Paczkiwski reported that the new Apple TV might get the same A8 chip that's currently in the iPhone 6.
That itself is great, but think about the possibilities of using that chip in a box where battery life doesn't matter, unlike in a phone. Since the Apple TV is always connected to a power source, developers have the potential the push that chip to its highest potential and make more powerful games and apps.
A new streaming cable service:
9To5Mac reports that Apple plans to release a streaming TV service aimed to replace cable. The new service, which will allegedly cost $40 a month (sorry, US-only, we think). It will also come to the current-generation Apple TV by way of a software update.
You're going to have to wait, however, since this service is only expected to arrive by early next year.
Apple still hasn't finalised the pricing of the newest Apple TV, say reports, but peg it somewhere around $150-200. That's more than twice that off the current Apple TV, which retails for $69.
The new Apple TV will be announced on September 9 and should go on sale shortly after.