Apple is getting set to release an updated version of the TV set-top box it already has on the market, according to a report by 9to5Mac. The report says the product is well into testing, and could be out by the first half of this year.
The report may come as a disappointment for those hoping the company would finally come out with an actual Apple TV set, a long-rumored product that has become something of a white whale for the company. Apple declined to comment.
The new version of the set-top box is said to include a "revamped operating system," based more closely on iOS. The product will also include new types of content, the report said, citing anonymous sources. In what could be a turnaround from previous thinking at the company, the box's software could include a version of the App Store to house content from third-party developers.
A report from iLounge earlier today also said that Apple TV would be updating its gaming support, allowing for games to be directly downloaded to the set, rather than having to go through an iOS device.
Both reports suggest that the software revamps could be compatible with current generations of the set-top box, through upcoming software updates.
Update, 12:29 p.m. PT: States that Apple declined to comment.