The Apple TV leaks just won’t stop: The latest on the new device, which Apple is expected to unveil at a press event in San Francisco next week, is that it won’t support 4K video playback. At least that’s what tipsters have told 9to5Mac, which has a good track record of getting details on Apple products before the company officially unveils them.
Omitting 4K is a bit of a mixed bag for Apple: Consumers have just started to buy 4K TVs, and there is very little 4K content available on streaming services. However, the next version of the iPhone is expected to support 4K video capture, which means that consumers won’t be able to play back their 4K home movies with the streaming device.
Apple will offer a model of the next-gen streaming box for $149, and possibly a second option with more storage for $199, according to the website, which also reports that the device will use Apple’s A8 processor – the same that’s being used in current-generation iPhones.
The new Apple TV will also offer universal search, according to multiple reports, making it possible to search for a movie or TV show across several apps. That’s a notable improvement over the existing Apple TV, which forces consumers to do separate searches within each app, but it’s not an entirely new thing: Roku streaming devices have offered universal search for some time, and Android TV devices offer the same kind of functionality as well.