With the looming iPhone 5 and smaller iPad on the way, all is quiet on the Siri-powered Apple HDTV/iTV rumor front. Two new reports indicate that the little "hobby box" aka Apple TV will stick around, but get upgraded with set-top box capabilities in the form of live TV and "other content."
Nobody knows for sure anymore if Apple's rumored Siri-powered HDTV/iTV will see the light of day by the end of the year. That hasn't stopped so-called "source leaks" from making the rounds. A new report claims the Apple HDTV will sport three key features: FaceTime, Siri and AirPlay.
The big tech news of the day might involve the new iPad, but Apple also made plenty of new announcements for its other products. Here's the best of the rest of Apple's media event.
iOS app developer Steve Troughton-Smith has found a way to run apps directly off an Apple TV, rather than streaming from another source. Find out how he does it in the video below.
Siri, Apple's awesome voice assistant is more than enough reason to go out and buy an iPhone 4S (if you can get one). With hints that the Apple TV will get a hardware update — and that fast dual-core A5 processor, it's possible Siri might make the little black box less of a "hobby" and put the "smart" back in Smart TV.
Back in the 1970s and early 1980s, Oscar Mayer — the wiener people (no relation to Anthony) — ran a series of adorable commercials featuring kids singing about how their hot dogs and bologna had first and last names. It's how many people learned how to spell "B-O-L-O-G-N-A." The cellphone business took this inanimate object naming idea to heart. Heretofore, cellphone marketing geniuses kept saddling their wares with an alphabet soup of identifiers that looked as if they'd been created by a password generator or by the failed attempts of the infinite number of monkeys (not otherwise involved in planet domination) sitting at typewriters attempting to reproduce Hamlet. For a while, we were golden. StarTAC. Razor. Chocolate. iPhone. Droid. Galaxy. Evo. Evocative and easy to remember, everything a trade name should be. But those damned Shakespeare-typing primates may have taken over the cellphone naming planet, but Apple may have some need of them to help with identifiers for its upcoming iPhone and HDTV.
One of the coolest potential uses for the Apple TV is to be able to play iPhone games on your TV using the iPhone as a controller. Having trouble imagining it? Imagine no more.
Apple took a few more strides toward an Internet-enabled television after a deal with a company called Rovi. What does that mean for me and you? Well, just like with the iPad, Apple may beat its competitors out of the gate in a major way once again.
Just a day after Steve Jobs showed off a freshly shrunk, content-backed Apple TV, Amazon is taking the Cupertino company's streaming policy head-on. With Apple, you're renting — a dollar only gets you so much time. With Amazon, your buck lasts forever.
Apple TV has always been the ugly duckling of the Cupertino company's line-up. It was convenient, sure, but it really didn't have enough content on its own to justify a purchase. All that's about to change, thanks to ABC, Fox and Netflix.