Yesterday morning, I got really excited when I heard rumors that Apple is getting ready to release new hardware for the holiday season. My first thoughts were that they were going to release an upgraded Apple TV, but alas, I was deeply disappointed to hear that the announcement was related to new Macs.
Apple: it's about time that you release a new version of the Apple TV hardware before we move on to another media player. The current Apple TV, while great, is starting to get old. I'm not asking you to turn the Apple TV into a DVR or add Blu Ray or do anything crazy. I've had my 160GB for over two years and 160GB is not what they used to be back then. You've upgraded the Time Capsule to 1TB and 2TB. How hard is it to add a bigger disk to the Apple TV? You've upgraded iTunes the iPhone software with Genius Mixes and other cool features such as Home Sharing. Your other hardware products now support 1080p.
The Apple TV is still being treated like a stepchild! It's time for an upgrade, even if it's a minor one.
Update (10/30/2009): Yesterday, Apple released the Apple TV 3.0 software update, which includes a new user interface, support for Internet Radio, Genius Mixes, simplified synchronization with iTunes, and photo enhancements (unfoturnetly, the photo enhancements are for iPhoto users, which excludes all PC users of Apple TV). In addition to the Apple TV 3.0 update, Apple released an updated Remote app for the iPhone/iPod touch, and iTunes 9.0.2, which supports the new Apple TV software. I'm very happy with the changes ,but still would like new hardware.