Apple plans to launch an update to the Apple TV at its September iPhone event. According to Bloomberg, the new set-top box will support 4K HDR content thanks to an upgraded processor. More powerful hardware is only part of the equation, however with Apple taking on a "renewed focus on the living room".
Amazon video fans may soon be able to watch their favorite Prime shows and movies directly on the Apple TV. Currently, Amazon Prime Video subscribers must AirPlay streaming content to the set top box using an iOS device like the iPhone or iPad. According to reports, a native Apple TV app from Amazon should arrive in the App Store during the third quarter of 2017.
The all-new Hulu experience has officially launched on the App Store. Subscribers can enjoy all of Hulu's on-demand content in a redesigned iOS app. One of the main attractions is the addition of live streaming TV channels, which are available as an account add-on for a higher price. The service includes over 50 channels, along with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage for recording live feeds.
The latest version of Google Photos brings Apple fans an incredibly useful new feature. Version 2.14 adds AirPlay compatibility, making it possible to view photos and videos on Apple devices. This update means that Google Photos for iOS now supports the Apple TV in addition to casting directly to Chromecast devices.
Time marches on for Apple peripherals recently added to the company's Vintage and obsolete products support document. The second generation Apple TV is now officially "obsolete" in most of the world. Only in places where legal restrictions keep the device labeled "vintage" can owners still receive service and parts from Apple service providers.