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New Apple TV reportedly hit by delays, may miss tomorrow’s event

Apple is reportedly experiencing delays with its next-generation Apple TV set top box, which may cause it to miss tomorrow’s event entirely.

Although we may hear of a software or minor spec bump for the Apple TV at tomorrow’s event, it seems the new revamped control system option isn’t ready yet.

TechCrunch columinist MG Siegler wrote a blog post outlining the delays for the truly next-generation Apple TV, saying the new hardware will probably not feature at tomorrow’s event.

“Well, now I feel the need to pour a little – just a little, mind you – cold water on the rumour fire,” said Siegler on his blog. “While I still haven’t heard anything concrete, the most recent whispers I have head is that the Apple TV project has been delayed a bit.”

The next-generation Apple TV should offer a new type of control scheme when it launches, but that seemingly won’t be for a little while yet.

“That doesn’t mean we won’t see an Apple TV update at the event – we could see an updated unit with a spec bump or something. But the thing to be more excited about, the device with some sort of new-fangled control system, doesn’t seem like it’s ready just yet.”

Late last week, the French and German arms of online retailer Amazon hinted that the updated Apple TV will launch on October 23, with both sites listing the existing model as out of stock.

However, this will not be the next-generation unit that Siegler is talking about.

“It’s hard to imagine Apple holding a third event following the iPhone one in September and the iPad event next week,” he added. “But who knows? Not me, this time.”

The special iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 launch event is happening tomorrow, October 22, from 6pm BST. We only have 24 hours to wait to see if any Apple TVs make an appearance.

Next, read our pick of the best TVs of 2013.

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