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Periscope live video viewing app in development for next-gen Apple TV - report

Twitter's Periscope platform will come to the next-generation Apple TV in the form of a third-party app, to be available for download on the device's dedicated App Store, a new report reveals.




Secret development of the alleged Periscope app for Apple TV was reported on Tuesday by TechCrunch. Unsurprisingly, it's expected that the new app will be focused on watching streams broadcast from portable devices like iPhones.

It's unknown when the Periscope app is intended to launch, but Tuesday's report is the first indication of any third-party apps actively in development for the anticipated Apple TV refresh.

Current developers would need for the product to become official and an accompanying development kit to be released before work could begin on third-party apps. It's likely that those developer-focused details will be revealed at tomorrow's event.

Given the popularity of Periscope and its parent company, Twitter, it's not surprising that Apple would give its developers early access to an alleged Apple TV SDK.




Downloadable third-party games are also expected to be a central focus for the new Apple TV App Store. It's believed that casual games will be playable with a new remote control, featuring a touchpad, microphone, and motion sensors for new input methods.

Apps aside, previous reports have indicated that Apple also plans to address content discovery in the updated Apple TV with a new "universal search" feature. Using Siri, consumers would be able to enter the name of a program and find out where they can watch it, from a number of providers like Netflix and iTunes.

The new Apple TV is expected to carry beefed-up internals that include a more powerful A-series processor, possibly the A8X found in the iPad Air 2. That and other changes —including the addition of a new remote control with a built-in microphone and touch pad —could bump the retail price as high as $150.

All will be revealed on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, when Apple's media presentation will kick off in San Francisco. AppleInsider will be there live with exclusive coverage, and readers can install our official iOS app for live updates.