Upcoming Apple TV will feature App Store and Siri

At WWDC this year, Apple will reportedly roll out a new version of its venerable Apple TV with some major updates. Not only will the next-gen Apple TV include Siri, it will also house an App Store.

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Amid reports that Apple is planning to roll out its own streaming TV service later this fall, we now have word regarding what Apple's fourth-gen Apple TV is going to look like.

Reporting for Buzzfeed, John Paczkowski reports that Apple plans to show off a completely revamped version of its Apple TV at its Worldwide Developer Conference in June. And though previous Apple TV updates have been somewhat limited to internal upgrades, this one promises to be a doozy.

First off, the next iteration of the Apple TV will reportedly include, at long last, an App Store. Just as the App Store significantly increased the value proposition of iOS devices, we can expect to see a similar transformation with respect to the Apple TV. Even more so when considering the possibilities of using external controllers, or even an iOS device, as a controller while playing games on a big screen HDTV.

As for the new Apple TV box itself, expect an updated design and new innards: the company’s latest A8 system-on-chip — or a variant of it; a dramatic increase in on-board storage to accommodate app — well beyond the 8GB in the current device; and an improved operating system that will support Siri voice control of Apple TV, and enable it remotely for a selection of Homekit-enabled home automation devices, as earlier reports have suggested. Presumably it will also feature a new remote.

All in all, it looks that Apple, after years of somewhat patiently waiting on the sidelines, is poised to make its biggest play yet for control of the living room. Just recently, during the company's second Apple Watch event, it was announced that HBO and Apple have a three-month exclusive agreement as it pertains to HBO NOW, a service which enables users to watch the entirety of HBO's library for just $14.99 a month, no cable subscription required.

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