Low Apple TV Inventory Hints Toward a Refresh

Posted on March 1, 2012 by

For three consecutive weeks, Apple has failed to restock indirect channel partners with Apple TV units, according to AppleInsider sources. This could mean that Apple is planning on introducing a new model soon, maybe at next week’s media event.

For three consecutive weeks, the Cupertino-based company has failed to make good on its promissory to restock indirect channel partners with fresh inventory of the existing $99 Apple TV product, say people familiar with matter.

Instead, partners and channel members have seen Apple push back deliveries each consecutive week by one additional week — a practice that almost always foreshadows a formal discontinuation of a product ahead of new models.

The new Apple TV is expected to have a new processor, maybe the A5 or A6, and feature 1080p HD playback. The current Apple TV has the A4 processor and only allows 720p HD playback.

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