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Report: New Apple TV coming with ‘tvOS’, based on iOS 9

Apple is widely expected to launch a new version of its Apple TV box, but details on the update are still thin on the ground.

Fortunately, a new leak suggests the upgraded Apple TV will feature its own dedicated operating system.

According to a report by 9to5mac, the new box will run on “tvOS”, which is a moniker that falls in line with other device-specific Apple operating systems like “watchOS” and “iOS”.

The article explains that the new operating system will be based on both the current Apple TV OS, as well as iOS 9. It’s also tipped to include interface elements of Mac’s El Capitan OS.

That’s very much in line with a report from back in August that suggested the new Apple TV device would run on full iOS 9.

Apple’s iOS 9 is the company’s upcoming mobile operating system – currently in beta – and is set to debut on the much-rumoured iPhone 6S, scheduled for launch later today.

According to that original report, Apple decided to delay the new Apple TV from its intended WWDC unveiling to work on porting iOS 9.

If it does end up running on iOS 9, it will be the first Apple TV to run on a full iOS core.

It’s worth noting that the software would still be TV-optimised, with new features designed for TV viewing.

For instance, the OS is set to feature Apple TV apps stylised for the service, including Periscope and Airbnb, apparently.

And then there’s this little titbit of further evidence, courtesy of Twitter:

Related: How to watch today’s Apple launch livestream

Apple has a launch event scheduled for later today, September 9, which should kick off at 18:00 London time.

The Cupertino-based tech giant is expected to announce a brand new iPhone, an updated version of Apple TV, and a 12-inch iPad Pro.

What do you think Apple will show off at today’s event? Let us know in the comments.

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