updated 01:25 pm EST, Sun February 12, 2012
Apple TV update may join iPad 3 on stage
An upgraded Apple TV media hub might come sooner than thought after signs emerged that multiple stores ran low on stock. Amazon, Best Buy, Buy.com, Radio Shack, and Target all show the device either as out of stock or taking weeks to ship. Apple and others do have supply, but it follows a pattern of third-party resellers usually running out first.
While it's possible that there would be a temporary lull in stock, new tips supplied to 9to5 suggest that the existing version may have been phased out. No more were shipping to Best Buy stores, a person at the retailer claimed.
Code references have been appearing that refer to a new Apple TV for the past few months, but little has emerged as to what it might be. With a full TV set unlikely in the near future, it's more probable that any device, if it reaches stores, would be an A5- or A6-based update that could support 1080p video.
The timing follows some dwindling iPad 2 stock and raises the possibility that Apple may use an increasingly likely early March event to show both a new Apple TV and a new iPad at the same time.