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If you thought that Apple's foray into the world of home entertainment died with the last iteration of the Apple TV (ATV), you're quite wrong...
Well that's at least according to Engadget - who in a recent article coined, The Next Apple TV Revealed, declared it alive again. It's an interesting to see this latest move by Apple as we recently reported that The Mac community is even proclaiming Apple TV already. And if what is being reported is correct, it looks like Apple Iphone Apps and the technology around it will be the crossover point for TV Apps and Widgets around this new alleged release.
...it ties much more closely into Apple's mobile offerings. The new architecture of the device will be based directly on the iPhone 4, meaning it will get the same internals, down to that A4 CPU and a limited amount of flash storage -- 16GB to be exact -- though it will be capable of full 1080p HD (!). The device is said to be quite small with a scarce amount of ports (only the power socket and video out), and has been described to some as "an iPhone without a screen." Are you ready for the real shocker? According to our sources, the price-point for the device will be $99. One more time -- a hundred bucks.
The price point - a full third less than the projected Google Set Top Box (STB) is not the only shocker. The size is also very interesting.
Not only will this be priced to sell (like hotcakes), it seems that Apple is moving away from the model of local storage, and will be focusing the new ATV on cloud-based storage (not unlike Amazon's streaming scheme, though we're talking instant-on 1080p, a la Microsoft). For those still interested in keeping their content close, there will be an option to utilize a Time Capsule as an external storage component, but the main course will be all about streaming. The new ATV will do away with its current OS X-lite variation as a operating system, and will instead adopt the iPhone OS for the underlying experience.
There's no word at this point on whether apps and the App Store will be coming along for the ride, but it makes sense given the shared platform. Of course, scaling iPhone apps to that 52-inch plasma in your living room isn't exactly a no-brainer. Perhaps not surprisingly, Apple won't deliver the ATV news at the upcoming WWDC -- that event will be focused on the capabilities of the new iPhone -- but development on the product is most definitely full steam ahead. Is your TV screen the next battleground in the platform wars? Survey says: hell yes.
Like Google, they are going for the natural Cloud/Streaming solution, but storing a lot using their Time Capsule is going to be tricky. In terms of storage. At Appmarket.tv we look forward to more competition and frameworks, open developer standards and more community of course. It looks great!