updated 03:04 pm EST, Wed February 12, 2014
Set-top predicted to launch sometime before Christmas 2014
Apple is planning to announce a new Apple TV as soon as April, sources tell Bloomberg. One of the people indicates that the hardware will have a faster processor and a simpler interface. Two of them, meanwhile, say that the device will ship sometime before Christmas, although the exact date is uncertain because Apple is still trying to secure deals for programming and distribution, including one with Time Warner Cable.
In recent weeks a number of pieces of evidence have pointed to an impending Apple TV refresh. The basic design for the set-top and its interface hasn't changed since March 2012, despite two new versions of iOS and increasingly intense competition from devices like the Roku 3 and the Chromecast.
No rumors have provided a clear picture of what a new interface might look like, but the potential Time Warner support is expected to involve flowing cable TV through the Apple TV interface, instead of a TW-provided box. A deal with Time Warner would represent Apple's first with a pay TV provider.