Microsoft's announcements about Xbox are exciting for everyone searching for the perfect integrated media center -- and isn't that all of us these days? Plus, it's fun to imagine what Apple could do to catch up and take things further. It's a glorious time to be a couch potato...
The little black box known as the second-generation Apple TV must be feeling mighty neglected of late, with speculation running rampant that Cupertino is in the throes of creating an honest-to-God, full-fledged television set -- or at least a baby step by introducing television functionality to the iMac. But what would a true “Apple TV” (“iTV”) need to succeed? Journey with us now as we join the speculation.
December is already off to a rousing start, so why not curl up with some good rumors, news and speculation? We could all use some holiday drama that doesn’t involve our own families, and the tech world is happy to oblige this fine day. We’ve got news on a delayed ITC ruling for Apple and HTC, mumblings about Apple’s TV set, news on the potential non-threat of the Kindle Fire and oh so much more for this Monday, December 5, 2011.
Let’s get ready to turkeeeeeeyyyyy! Okay, maybe that’s a bit too excitement for gathering around the table with loved ones and carving up some unlucky bird, but it’s Thanksgiving Eve and the anticipation of a huge meal on Thursday coupled with the contact high of Black Friday sales must have us buzzing. And hey, there’s actually other stuff going on today that doesn’t relate to Turkey Day, so here’s all the news for Wednesday, November 23, 2011.
Apple hasn’t introduced anything radically new since the original iPad almost two years ago, and even that was viewed by many at the time as simply a “bigger iPod touch.” While Cupertino continues to incrementally advance the Mac and its iOS platforms, the recent release of the iPhone 4S disappointed many who were looking for something totally new and exciting. Which got us thinking: What will Apple think of next?
In the last few weeks, Apple’s little “hobby” -- the long-lamented Apple TV -- has come back into the spotlight, ironically thanks to rumors that it’s about to be put out to pasture in favor of a cheaper, sexier box reportedly called iTV (which, even more ironically, was the original name for ATV). While that’s all fine and good, we don’t think Apple has quite squeezed all of the juice out of its original living room lemon -- so here are two handfuls of suggestions in case Cupertino decides to give the ATV another lease on life.
There's quite a bit of speculation that Apple will be unveiling a redesigned version of Apple TV, dubbed iTV, at their upcoming Annual Music Event this Wednesday. The rumor mill, as always, has gone into overdrive on this particular technology, since it's the unloved child of Jobs & Co., reduced to just a "hobby." But who doesn't want to see Apple push that old non-dynamic TV you've got into awesome new directions? Which brings up a good question: if iTV gets an iOS overhaul, what about its remote?
The rumor merry-go-round with Apple's foray into television continues to churn. The latest has Apple possibly being in far along talks with News Corp. to give iTunes consumers the chance to rent TV shows for 99 cents, as well as being in talks with other companies.
Amidst rumors that have been heating up in recent weeks regarding an iOS-powered Apple TV replacement called iTV, Digg founder Kevin Rose has chimed in with his own thoughts on what he’s heard out of Cupertino.
Most of us are aware that there's a rumor going around that the new Apple TV will be renamed the iTV--an easy shift to gloss over, coming from a company that created the iMac, iPod, iPhone, iPhone, and named their main software suites iLife and iWork. But, most of us are not aware that there is a 55-year-old TV network in the UK named ITV, and apparently neither is Apple (or maybe they just don't care).