Apple TV with Bluetooth 4, streaming iTunes, and ever more iPad 3 predictions

Could a new Bluetooth-powered Apple TV roll out next week, along with the iPad 3? This and other rumors, rounded up and picked apart.

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Details: It’s not the actual TV Apple is rumored to be working on. But it is a newer, faster Apple TV, supposedly offering 1080p video support, potentially voice-activated (a.k.a. Siri-style) commands from a remote or iPhone/iPad, and maybe even an FM radio tuner. But most importantly, Bluetooth 4.0, which pairs almost instantly with other Bluetooth devices, and suggests lots of interesting input devices for the little device that’s still figuring out its place.

Likelihood: Folks I know working the Apple beat seem somewhat confident, maybe 70 percent. Bluetooth 4 is already in the iPhone 4S, and if Apple TV can stay in the $99 price point, why not upgrade it?

Get excited?: For the future, where Apple acquires much more streaming content, and the Apple TV becomes a voice-activated conduit to everything you want to see? Yes, that’s exciting. For now, it’s still a device that relies on your fealty to the iTunes Store.

Notably higher-quality audio streaming coming to iTunes Match

Source: The Guardian

Details: Apple acquired online storage and streaming service Lala in 2009, and seemingly did nothing with it. What could happen soon, though, is Apple offering a lossless, high-quality audio download or stream to iTunes Match subscribers. That stream quality would adapt itself, though, if someone’s on an iPhone and in a bad reception area.

Likelihood: I like the odds, because Jobs was certainly a fan of music and music artists, and Neil Young said it was something Apple was working on. Let’s all hope Neil Young isn’t just making up stories in his golden years.

Get excited?: Like all the rumors above: yes, if you’re a fan of the Apple ecosystem. Or maybe if you’re an artist who wants to free their work from 128 kb/s MP3s, or you’re someone who’s invested in good headphones.

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