Yet more evidence of an updated Apple TV being released very soon has surfaced in the most unlikely of places. Due to the merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC) in the US, a filing with the FCC has explained why their union is needed in the face of increasing competition.

The statement reads:

“Apple tablets are viewing platforms for cable services even while Apple offers an online video service, Apple TV, and explores development of an Apple set-top box.”

Whether Comcast or TWC have any insider information is up for debate but it was rumored that Apple were looking to sign content deals with TWC and this merger may have delayed the talks.

Another angle of Apple TV concept by MartinHajek

Another angle of Apple TV concept by MartinHajek

An ongoing court case between Apple and Samsung has also thrown up some interesting ideas about a future Apple TV as well. Originally found by The Verge, emails sent by Steve Jobs in 2010 hint at Apple TV 2 and a ‘magic wand’. This could be similar idea to the Nintendo Wii controller that allows you to point at the screen instead of having to press buttons to navigate menus. The email also includes hints at being able to install apps and a web browser. It seems Apple has been planning on adding apps to the Apple TV for quite a while but hasn’t quite found the right way to do so.

An excerpt of the email Steve Jobs sent

An excerpt of the email Steve Jobs sent

If an updated Apple TV is to be released, expect it to be announced at WWDC taking place between June 2–6.