New Apple TV may let Time Warner Cable users watch live TV

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Reports about Apple's plans for 2014 and beyond are now trickling out.

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Apple is preparing a new version of its Apple TV set-top box that would allow Time Warner Cable subscribers to watch live TV using the Apple TV instead of the TWC-provided cable box, Bloomberg reported Feb. 12. The new Apple TV could be announced by April and released before the 2014 holiday shopping season.

Time Warner Cable currently produces a mobile app (pictured) that lets subscribers watch live TV on their iPad, iPhone, or Android device. A Roku app is also available that provides similar functionality. Microsoft's Xbox One also lets cable TV subscribers watch live TV using its own user interface. Source:

Time Warner Cable currently produces a mobile app (pictured) that lets subscribers watch live TV on their iPad, iPhone, or Android device. A Roku app is also available that provides similar functionality. Microsoft's Xbox One also lets cable TV subscribers watch live TV using its own user interface.

"There will be new categories. We're not ready to talk about it, but we're working on some really great stuff." Tim Cook, Apple CEO

Cook, in a Feb. 6 interview with the Wall Street Journal, reiterated what he has said multiple times over the past several quarters, that Apple is preparing entire new product categories in 2014. Rumors of an Apple smartwatch persisted for much of 2013.

The WSJ reported Jan. 23 that Apple will release two iPhones in 2014: a lower-end model with a display larger than 4.5 inches and a higher-end model with a display larger than 5 inches. Several other publications, including Bloomberg News and Reuters, have previously reported similar information.

The Jan. 23 WSJ report notes that both iPhone models will be made of metal and not plastic. The lower-end iPhone 5c (pictured) was initially described by Apple design chief Jony Ive as "beautifully, unapologetically plastic." Neither iPhone will have a flexible display, the WSJ reported. Source: www.flickr.com

The Jan. 23 WSJ report notes that both iPhone models will be made of metal and not plastic. The lower-end iPhone 5c (pictured) was initially described by Apple design chief Jony Ive as "beautifully, unapologetically plastic." Neither iPhone will have a flexible display, the WSJ reported.

"Screen size is one of the things where Apple has to catch up to the Android camp. Innovation in components has been a key for Apple since the first iPhone came out." Dennis Chan, analyst at Yuanta Financial Holding Co.

There are several Android smartphones with screens larger than 5 inches, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and HTC One Max.

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