New Apple TV Said to Run “TV-Optimized Version” of iOS 9, Coming in September


9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman says his sources are noting the following on Apple’s next-gen Apple TV, said to debut in September, while running an optimized version of iOS 9:

According to sources, this new Apple TV model, codenamed J34, will be the first model to run a full-blown iOS core. Specifically, the new Apple TV operating system will be a TV-optimized version of iOS 9. In addition to the new hardware inside, running iOS 9 will give the new Apple TV a series of benefits over the current model.


The upcoming Apple TV is said to sport a slimmer design, include a new Bluetooth and infrared powered touch-based remote, support Siri, include a developer SDK plus App Store, to go with more powerful hardware and bigger onboard storage.

Essentially, the long awaited Apple TV refresh is everything you may expect it to be, with a new iOS-like interface. As for the new cable TV service, that won’t launch until sometime in 2016.

Earlier this year, Apple was said to debut its new media device at WWDC, but was delayed as it was not ready for prime time, reported the New York Times. Earlier this month, BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski reported Apple would debut its next-gen iPhones, iPads and Apple TV at a special event set for September 9th.


  • I really hope if it’s a Bluetooth and IR remote, that Apple allows it to be a universal remote that can control my TV and receiver so that I don’t need multiple remotes. If they made it a universal remote and did a great job of the touchscreen functionality, I could see some people buying an Apple TV just for the universal remote.

  • digitalzeros

    I highly doubt that it will. Their business model is usually more along the lines of “well if you sign up to OUR TV service, you won’t need a receiver remote now will you?”

  • Steve

    Not going to happen. Apple does not and will not make a “universal” anything. Expect a proprietary remote only for Apple TV.

  • Yeah, I know it’s very unlikely. Seems odd that they’d have both IR and Bluetooth though. Why not just do Bluetooth? That’s what gave me hopes that maybe they’re thinking of making it universal.

    It would be sad if it wasn’t, because I’ll likely just be storing mine and using my Logitech Harmony instead.

  • I know it’s very unlikely. But I hope it’s not for the reason you listed. An Apple TV and a receiver are two very different things. An Apple TV cannot accomplish what a receiver can. Heck, there’s not even a volume control on an Apple TV. Why on earth would anyone think that by having an Apple TV you wouldn’t need a receiver?

  • raslucas

    There’s so many “if onlys” here… I have an Xbox One, and it would be so nice if the Xbox ended up being able to control the new AppleTV, ( Which is why having bluetooth and IR is a good thing FYI). If Microsoft comes out with a HDMI switch accessory, you could theoretically use the Xbox somewhat as a receiver… All set tops going into the Xbox, then HDMI to the TV. I know there’s still the matter of splitting up the audio channels for each speaker, but THAT just seems like another accessory Microsoft could try to sell you.

    That’s the dream!

  • Jason Bjerke

    We know how much market space Apple lost to “plugging holes” ie xmbc now Kodi. Roku, google, and amazon have passed them per market share. Amazon only beiing in the market since 2014. I have both apple 3 and amazon fire tv. AFTV blows apple 3 out of water now. This reboot hopefully has some openness ( Apple store has weakness). This should no longer be a apple hobby project. They must realize how much $$ they are losing, but at the same time if they want network programming rights, I’m sure the networks will want a tight secure product. Tough choice