Apple TV Prototype
An Apple TV prototype is supposedly already in the early stages of development in China and could be available for a late-2012 or early-2013 release date. The inset photograph is of the Apple TV currently available. It is a simple hook up that allows for you to access Apple accounts and programs, such as iTunes, through your TV. Apple

Biographer Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs biography was published Monday. In it, one little-known fact has the tech world wondering about a final project Jobs worked on before he died.

It's believed that Jobs may have been working on the next Apple TV. What Apple already has is a TV that lets users stream all content by connecting the box to a TV or computer monitor. Still ahead a wirelessly synced version of the existing Apple TV.

For $99 now, Apple TV provides access to YouTube, Netflix and iTunes. Tech site Mashable says the new version of the TV would include a cloud-based system, allowing users to search seamlessly through content either from Apple itself or other third-parties. Then, instead of having to look separately through Netflix for a movie or show, users could directly access the content that should already be integrated on the system. The idea is to create a single source for locating and watching all TV content.

Bloomberg reported the Cupertino, Calif.-based company assigned software engineer Jeff Robbins, the iTunes creator, to lead the project on this new TV. Analyst Gene Munster pf Piper Jaffrey said Apple has a prototype in the works.

Another game-changing feature some are expecting is Siri's voice-recognition integrating with the Apple TV. If it happened, Siri could be running more than an iPhone 4S.

Licensing terms with content service providers remain unresolved. This has been a major obstacle to HDTV. In 2009, Apple was said to have pitched an iTunes subscription plan to those content providers, but the plan was never ironed out.

Munster predicts a product launch could happen in late 2012 or 2013, but Apple has not commented yet.