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Apple TV specs leaked ahead of next week's reveal

Sam Loveridge

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The Apple TV specs have been leaked ahead of the set-top box's unveiling next week.

Although most people might be excited about seeing the iPhone 6S in the flesh, it hasn't stopped leaks suggesting Apple might be talking about more than phones.

A number of leaks have emerged surrounding the Apple TV and the latest one has just given us a look at the specs of the upcoming set-top box.

According to the usually reliable 9to5Mac sources, the new Apple TV will be a mixture of new and familiar hardware.

The current Apple TV has 8GB of internal storage, whereas the upcoming model will have options of either 8GB or 16GB.

Apple is apparently considering an $149 base model with the 8GB storage option, with a more expensive 16GB $199 mode.

Or it might just release a 16GB Apple TV for $149.

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The new Apple TV will apparently run an iOS 9 core, with the upcoming operating system including several new features for reducing the file size of apps.

That might include the ability to load games in level chunks or stream videos rather than store them within app binaries.

The sources also suggest that the new Apple TV will be powered by the same A8 chip found in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

We're not sure what to make of this as surely Apple should be using the more powerful A8X chip found in the iPad Air 2, which offers an additional processing core and improved graphics.

Or even the A9 chip that should arrive with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.

However, the current Apple TV has the single-core A5 chip, so the A8 will still be a substantial improvement.

As per previous rumours, the new Apple TV should include touch support and motion control. But the sources have managed to obtain some more information about the remote.

It will be black/grey to match the new colour scheme and feature a set of tactile buttons (one for Siri and the other for home) below a touchpad. There will also be rocker buttons for volume controls.

The new Apple TV should also offer system-wide Siri support for universal search, a la the Amazon Fire TV.

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