“Reliable sources familiar with Apple’s upcoming product release have said that the company is in fact launching a new Apple TV alongside the next-generation iPad,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac.
“The new Apple TV is rumored to include a faster processor, possibly a variation of the dual-core A5 chip,” Gurman reports. “he dual-core A5 chip has been said to be required for the Apple TV to finally stream 1080p quality video, but Apple is also working on an “A5X” chip that is dual-core, which also includes an improved graphics engine. Those two components of the chip would likely delivery the smooth video playback that Apple would include in such a product. Other possibilities from the rumor-mill include a redesigned Bluetooth 4.0 remote control, and Siri support, but those are not rumors that we can independently confirm (yet).”
Gurman reports, “This new Apple TV would make sense to launch with a new 1080p movie service from Apple’s iTunes Store. Sources are also saying that Apple will in fact launch at least three next-generation iPad variants in March.”