Is This Apple Upgrade Secret Now Busted?

Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) secret plans to upgrade its Apple TV set-top box device have seemingly been made public through a filing with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. According to the filing, the yet-unannounced A1469 Apple TV model will have a smaller form factor than its current iteration and will also see an upgrade of its internal features.

The new device will be a 93.78-millimeter square, compared with the current model’s dimension of 98 millimeters, the filing said, according to Engadget. It also suggests that Apple has tested a Broadcom (NASDAQ:BRCM) wireless chip, which is also used in the iPhone 5, for the device. Apple’s own A5X processor, which features in the third-generation iPad, has also been tested. Product testing reportedly began in October last year.

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Recently, it was reported that the latest Apple TV software update supports three models of the set-top box — its second and third generations as well as another unidentified model. The FCC filing does not include any reference to an expected launch date. Apple TV last received a refresh in March 2012, when it got a faster processor. However, it has not been upgraded physically since its release in September 2010.

Ironically, the filing includes Apple’s usual request for confidentiality.

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