Throughout the year, Apple-related rumors are always present; whether it be a new MacBook or iPhone, publications always seem to find something to gossip about. For the past few years, summer has been the time of iPhone and iOS-related rumors –the iPods used to be included in these rumors, however interest in iPods have dramatically decreased as have rumors surrounding them. This year is no different with both the iPhone and iOS taking center stage, although there is a new addition, the Apple Television.
Based on its history, the iPhone is due for a new design this coming generation. Based on rumors, this is true. It is said that the coming iPhone will feature a larger display which is 3.999 inches diagonally (as opposed to 3.5 inches) allowing 16:9 videos to play full screen at their native aspect ratio. It is possible that this new device will feature a fifth row of icons (besides the stationary app dock) on the homescreen. 9to5Mac has received photos of the supposed new iPhone which sports a unibody-esque build, a new dock connector (long rumored), room for the previously mentioned larger display, and moved earphone jack and FaceTime cameras. The publication has also received word the new device will feature 1GB of RAM (like the iPad) and a new GPU chip.
It is rumored iOS 6 will be released alongside the newest iPhone. 9to5Mac has learned Apple’s three major stores (App Store, iBookstore, and iTunes) will receive a major overhaul in iOS 6 and ”focus on improved interactivity when making purchases in iTunes, the App Store, and the iBookstore.” Social integration plays a big factor behind the changes including the addition of Facebook (also to be added in a way similar to twitter in iOS 5) integration.
Apple currently sells a set-top box, the Apple TV, and ever since its release there have been rumors of an actual Apple Television. This year appears to be the biggest yet for these rumors.BGR has learned from one of its “trusted sources” that Apple is planning to demonstrate a brand new version of the Apple TV operating system next week at WWDC. This new (more “feature complete”) OS to be demoed is rumored to be the one which will come on Apple’s “upcoming” television.
We’ve heard Apple is actively trying to court manufacturers to use a new “control out” API in order for third-party manufacturers to make accessories that are compatible with the new Apple TV OS and the upcoming “iTV.” It’s said that by using the API, it will be possible to control any connected components all from the Apple remote (and the Apple remote iOS app as well, we’re assuming).
BGR’s source does not believe Apple will demo the new television at WWDC.