March is here, can spring be far behind? Judging from the snow we had to clean out of our driveway here on the East Coast this weekend, it's nowhere in sight -- but thankfully the month is off to a good start on the tech front, and our first weekend recap of the month has a few tasty morsels worth reading. So without further ado...
Apple CEO Tim Cook joked at a shareholder's meeting today that "it's a little more difficult to call [Apple TV] a hobby these days," and it's not hard to see why. As reported by Reuters, Cook revealed that the diminutive entertainment device was responsible for more than $1 billion in sales in 2013, although Re/code claims that number also includes movie rentals and purchases of television shows. Still, not too shabby.
For years we've been trying to figure out what Steve Jobs meant when he dropped this juicy nugget to Walter Isaacson while being interviewed for his biography:
“I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use. It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud. It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it."
Holy smokes is it a week full of rumors. Since we love you, you know we do, we've got the good ones saved up here ready for you, just like a box of your favorite chocolates, the carmel only kind with no disgusting coconut in there to gunk it up. So, kisses all around, now let's dig in.
So it looks as though all those rumors about a new Apple TV are true, after all. According to Bloomberg, Apple should announce the new device at a media event in April but we won't see it on the shelves until "the holiday season." But here's the biggest news--it looks as though that long-awaited deal with Time-Warmer might come to pass with the release.
Rumors have been circulating for some time that we'll see an update to the Apple TV, but today marks the first appearance of what looks like proof that a hardware refresh is on the way. As 9to5Mac notes, it's a simple thing, really--an inconspicuous mention of "AppleTV 4,1" found buried in the framework for the existing Apple TV's AirPlay connection features. That designation corresponds to no existing models, which means in all likelihood it refers to a new device entirety.
Lots of news this week all about things that are coming soon. In some cases, these things are rumors and in some cases these are things that are merely days away. We ourselves are most excited about what's cooking in the Apple TV world, because we've been mighty jealous of our friends with Roku and all their channels. Open that baby up, Apple, and let's get rolling.
We've got deals all over the place today. Whether you want refurb cost savings or that fresh out of the box new smell, our Mac deals have got you covered. And we've hooked you up with deals that supercharge your older Apple TV and keep your wallet from wandering too far away. So let's dive right in, right now, and get a look at these deals.