Strings inside Apple's iOS 4.3 beta firmware that'll be used on Apple TV have been shown to display clues leading to one possibility: the ability to play games on Apple TV without having to jailbreak first. An anonymous tipster speaking with Engadget has revealed the following references: "ATVGames" and "ATVThunder," both of them inside iOS 4.3 beta 3, as well as "com.apple.appletv.play.live.thunder" and ".play.archive.thunder." What's all that junk mean? It might be nothing of too much interest, but what these tipsters may have found are clues to a controller, a set of game leaderboards, a way to schedule games, and a storefront.
Apple's recently revealed $3.9bn investment is tipped to be in display manufacturing and development, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who goes on to suggest that the company's increasing panel focus indicates an Apple HDTV is still on the way. Munster, quoted by AppleInsider, believes Apple has moved to secure supplies for panels ranging from iPhone-scale to the 27-inch iMac.
As of today, 10 billion apps, thats ten BILLION individual apps have been downloaded from the Apple App Store. The person who fired off the ten billionth download will be receiving a $10,000 USD iTunes Gift Card that can be redeemed for anything in the iTunes store or the App Store including apps, music, audiobooks, television shows, and movies. Supposing the 10 billionth person was a person buying up every app in the world in order to be the magic number last, can you imagine them even having anything left to buy, much less $10,000 worth of digital downloads?
Watching digital television on your portable Apple devices couldn't be easier with the Tivizen digital television receiver. This is the first one ever made for the iPod and is completely wireless; just download the application from the app store and plug the dongle into the iPod.
The set-top box market picked up in the past year. A slew of companies joined the fray, like Boxee, while others, including Roku, Apple, and Western Digital, improved their line of products to better appeal to consumers.
Aside from the Apple TV, perhaps the most notable addition to the set-top box market last year was Google TV. The platform was made available on the Logitech Revue and some Sony HDTVs, and was expected to captivate audiences.
But it didn’t. And all the while, the Apple TV performed quite well.
The perennial Apple HDTV rumors have resurfaced, with fresh analyst predictions that the company will branch out from the million-selling Apple TV and release an integrated display and media streaming set. Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster is pegging a late 2012 launch for the Apple HDTV, a hybrid display and smart TV system that would include iTunes access for digital content sales and rentals.
The war of words between Apple and Adobe started out with public statements, moved to full page advertisements, and has descended into confusion as Apple has backtracked on one of its initial restrictions and RIM and Samsung have highlighted Flash support on their tablets. To unravel this mess, let’s go back to the beginning: In April, Steve Jobs wrote an open letter to Adobe as a press release and posted it on the Apple.com home page (it can still be found online). Jobs lists six extremely well-argued points, but only two of them matter: Flash’s ubiquity on the web, and cross-platform development. (Some of the other points are legitimate – Flash can be buggy, when it runs without hardware acceleration it eats battery life alive, and some Flash content has not been formatted for touch. However, Apple claiming that it cannot support Flash because it isn’t “open” is disingenuous; Apple supports whatever standards it wants to, and while Flash is most certainly a proprietary standard, it is a standard.)
My new Apple TV is scheduled to arrive at my house before the end of the month. It promises Netflix streaming, 99 cent TV shows, and $4.99 HD films. It also allows me to play music by streaming tracks to the device. When I first heard about the new set-top box, I thought for sure that it would replace my current Apple TV.
But, over the past three weeks, I’ve decided that I won’t be replacing my old Apple TV with the new one. In fact, I’m going to keep them both connected to my television and use them as I need them.
Since the launch of iTunes, and its subsequent availability of music, movies, TV shows, and podcasts, it's become the venerable digital retailer for what people love to download. While some might suggest that the pricing could be altered, the general consensus is that $.99 for a show isn't all that bad at all. However, NBC Universal doesn't see it the same way, and believes that pricing their television shows at such a low cost would ultimately "devalue" the content as a whole, and therefore the company is staying away from Apple TV.