No new Apple TV at WWDC reportedly, but that's OK

Sources say refreshed Apple TV hardware isn't quite ready for prime time. Not to worry: Content channels can easily be added and old Apple TVs can be HomeKit hubs.
Written by Kevin Tofel, Contributor

It looks like there won't be a new Apple TV model next week after all.

Sources tell the The New York Times that Apple's next-generation set-top-box isn't quite ready for prime time and won't debut at next week's WorldWide Developer Conference.

It was widely expected that Apple would launch a new Apple TV this month, possibly in conjunction with new content partners. In March, Apple landed HBO as a partner, offering programming for those without pay television subscriptions at $15.00 a month.

The Apple TV was also expected to be a gateway hub for HomeKit products, the first of which launched earlier this week.

The good news is: Even without a refreshed Apple TV, the existing boxes work as HomeKit hubs.

First Apple HomeKit devices

And that actually speaks to why it's not likely a big deal if there's no new Apple TV hardware next week. Or for several months after that, even.

Yes, the current Apple TV is long in the tooth; it first launched in 2012 and got a minor update in early 2013. But it's clearly capable of supporting Apple's connected home ambitions. And new content providers or additional entertainment channels? Those can simply be added as they always have been: Through software updates.

Even without new hardware, Apple's TV "hobby" is doing just fine, thank you.

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