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We were expecting to see a new Apple TV this week, but Apple delayed its plans. However, it seems a new set-top box is still in the works, and it'll run third-party apps, according to developers.

MacRumors has revealed that Apple has allowed developers to register up to 100 app test slots for the Apple TV – that's the same as the iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch and iPod Touch. Increasing the number of test slots hints that Apple is getting ready to open the floodgates to thousands of third-party apps, just like there are on its other devices.

By putting the Apple TV on a par with its other devices, Apple has elevated its status. It's already confirmed as being the centre of HomeKit, the Cupertino company's smart home platform.

The new set-top box is said to boast Siri for voice commands and a redesigned remote control. It will also run Apple's forthcoming TV streaming service, when it finally gets round to launching it. Word is negotiations with networks have held things up.

We're expecting the new Apple TV and new TV streaming service in the autumn. Just in time for those long winter nights...

Source: MacRumors

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