Apple TV to get its own SDK with apps to follow, report says

According to Boy Genius Report, Apple plans to unveil a software development kit at the Worldwide Developers Conference next week that will finally bring apps to the set-top box.

Are third-party apps coming to the Apple TV?
Are third-party apps coming to the Apple TV? Apple

The Apple TV set-top box will soon support third-party applications, according to a new report.

The Boy Genius Report writes today, citing a source, that Apple will unveil a software development kit at the Worldwide Developers Conference next week. The kit will finally allow third-party developers to bring their applications to Apple's set-top box, ushering in a feature Apple TV owners have been desiring for years.

The Apple TV has been viewed as a "hobby" device since its launch five years ago, and has been the odd man out among Apple's many popular products. Last month, however, Boy Genius Report also reported, citing a source, that the device might get some much-needed attention with Apple planning to update the software in the Apple TV with many more features , including a "control out" application programming interface designed to let accessories work with the set-top box and television it's connected to.

An Apple TV improvement might be a suitable consolation prize for those hoping to hear details on the long-rumored Apple television. At this point, Apple is not expected to unveil a television (or announce any details on the product) at WWDC next week.

CNET has contacted Apple for comment on the Boy Genius Report rumor. We will update the story when we have more information.

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