The estimated shipping time for the 40GB Apple TV has changed from “Within 24hrs” to “1-2 weeks.” This has lead Gene Munster to speculate that Apple will be making a change to the Apple TV lineup next week.
I have already predicted that Apple would be announcing updates to the Apple TV at next weeks event. I’m expecting the storage sizes to shake up a bit and I’m also expecting a software update for current models.
Update 9/2/09: Jim Dalrymple writing for The Loop:
The Loop has learned through very reliable sources that an updated Apple TV will definitely not be introduced at next week’s event in San Francisco.
So much for Apple TV updates.
Update 9/8/09: AppleInsider quoting a report by Robert Cihra, Oppenheimer:
While some have wondered whether Apple might ultimately try to integrate traditional cable set-top box (decoding) functionality into its Apple TV product, Mr. Oppenheimer pretty much killed that concept and said that it just doesn’t fit Apple’s business
Update 9/14/09: Apple has discontinued the 40GB Apple TV and dropped the price of the 160GB model to $229. It isn’t exactly a hardware refresh but it’s a step in the right direction.
Update 9/15/09: iTunes LP and Extras Destined for the Apple TV