In the beginning of the year I wrote about my choice of Gadget update would be the TV. That being said, the rumor mills have started for the upcoming September event from Apple where there would announce annual upgrades to their iPhone spec and an improved Apple TV. According to Mark Gurman form 9 to 5 Mac:
The files indicate that the new remote control will include both Bluetooth technology and an infrared sensor, which suggests superior control responsiveness as well as the potential for backward compatibility with non-Bluetooth home AV equipment. As our Jeremy Horwitz noted earlier this year, the introduction of a new remote control could help open up the door for improved gaming. With an integrated touchpad, in addition to the Apple TV SDK we’ll discuss later in this article, Apple could open up the remote to developers looking to bring gaming to the Apple TV box. Critically, this new remote will likely pack enough technology to deter users from losing the controller, which happens often with the older Apple TV remotes.
Looking at the image that Mark Gurman provided in his reports, reminds me of the early Nintendo Wii days. Looks like Apple is finally putting their acquisition of PrimeSense to work. This explains the flatter but wider Apple TV console and I won't be surprised if this will have to be placed in a clear vision of sight so that Apple TV could pick up those Gestures.