Last September we talked about an intriguing device, which Apple sent to the FCC in order to receive appropriate approvals to place it on the market.
The dimensions of this new product are very similar to those of Apple TV; the FCC was responsible for testing Bluetooth and NFC connectivity – Wi-Fi has not been tested, indicating that Apple is reusing a design already known to the commission or that the product does not have such connectivity. The intriguing one, however, has to do with the energetic part of this device. While the fourth generation Apple TV works at 12V / 920mA, this mysterious product apparently requires somewhere between 5.5 / 13.2V and 100 / 700mA.
This week, the AppleInsider found that Apple sent a new device for the FCC to test, in what we can call an “upgrade” from the one I described above.
The very same tests were done (and not done, as we still have no Wi-Fi tests). However, we skipped the model A1844 to A1846 and the SKU, which is now JR2 (before it was JR1) – you can check all the documents of this device on the FCC website.
Taking into account that we are talking about a device with a size similar to that of an Apple TV and that the company should update it this year (the current generation was launched in September 2015), the first thing we think about is that we are facing fifth generation of set-top box. But “traveling” a bit here – taking advantage of the rumor that Apple may abandon its AirPort line – are we looking at a new product that merges the capabilities of Apple TV with those of a router?
It weighs against this that we have no Wi-Fi tests with the device, which is very strange considering that it can be a router; on the other hand, Apple could simply put the same Wi-Fi capabilities that we have today in AirPorts Extreme and Time Capsule (IEEE 802.11ac standard).
We will see what comes next …
Cash price: from R $ 989.10Installed price: up to 12x R $ 91,58Launch: September 2015 (4th generation)