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There were plenty of other things rumored alongside the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c for Tuesday, but at least one of them — a software update for the Apple TV — is said to still be in the cards for next week.
AllThingsD reported Wednesday that the second- and third-generation Apple TV boxes will receive a software update next Wednesday, Sept. 18 in tandem with the release of iOS 7 for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
According to sources familiar with Apple's plans, the refresh won't be hardware-based as previously rumored, but rather software-based, presumably bringing operating system parity with the rest of the iOS lineup.
Perhaps the biggest change is the way AirPlay works: Users will now reportedly be able to stream any content to the Apple TV, including iTunes in the Cloud movies and TV shows they own, beamed to a friend's little black box. The feature is described as similar to the way Google's Chromecast dongle works, which would certainly make the Apple TV more useful.
Although Apple touched on it ever so briefly on Tuesday, iTunes Radio will also be available on the Apple TV next week, allowing customers to stream free radio to their living room — although those without an iTunes Match subscription will have to endure occasional advertising, naturally.
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