Industry wisdom of late suggests Apple will show off its new Apple TV at the iPhone launch event on September 9th. Today fresh evidence has emerged that appears to confirm that's the tech giant's plan and offers an interesting new tidbit on the device's software.
According to 9to5Mac, the Cali company's forthcoming set-top box will run the full version of iOS 9, which is Apple's soon-to-land mobile operating system.
iOS 9 will be used in the next iPhone, and offered as an upgrade to (some models of) the existing iPhone and iPad.
Assuming the rumour is true, this year's Apple TV would be the first to run the full version of Apple's iOS.
Usually, Apple TV runs a modified version of iOS (though the original model was powered by a modified build of Mac OS X, Apple's desktop operating system).
Obviously Apple will tweak iOS 9 to suit the TV format, but it should have all the bells and whistles you'd find on an iPhone or iPad.
Apparently, the fact the next-gen TV runs iOS 9 is the reason Apple chose not to show it off earlier in the year.
Apple was worried that launching it before the phones – and possibly tablets – running iOS 9 had launched would compromise engineering resources on the operating system.
Running iOS 9 will help Apple TV support Siri for voice search. The new set-top box is also said to have a third-party App Store and a larger, redesigned remote control.