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  • Native Lowtide.app on Future iPad?

    A close look at the Info.plist property list for Lowtide.app, the iOS app that runs Apple TV, suggest that the app could be headed to the iPad in some form. There a property with two "UIDeviceFamily" entries - one for the Apple TV and one for the iPad - which indicates that the app could run, unmodified, on either device. The hooks aren't there in the mainstream iOS 4.1 or the 4.2 beta, but a future OS release - or some clever hackery - could provide them.

    The UIDeviceFamily property is an array that contains two elements:

    UIDeviceFamily = (
    It's usually an integer that "specifies the underlying hardware type on which this application is designed to run," according to Apple's Information Property List Key Reference. The reference shows that iPhone/iPod touch is 1 and iPad is 2 (3 must - obviously - be Apple TV). In this case, the property is an array, which means the app was designed to run on two device families: iPad as well as Apple TV.

    The implications here are interesting. Lowtide relies on AirPlay to streaming audio and video to it. The iPad doesn't support AirPlay - yet - though in a tweet from @AriX he announced that he got the AppleTV's AirPlay daemon to run on his iPhone 4, allowing his to stream iTunes audio to his phone. And as we know from Nick's report this morning, @dhowett got Lowtide to run on an ipt4.

    AirPlay everywhere opens up really interesting possibilities all around, from streaming of video content on multiple devices, to streaming apps and other data to the Springboardless Apple TV. And if AirPlay - which is, after all, just a UDP streaming protocol based on RTSP - could be modified to work over 3G, well, the sky is the limit, isn't it?

    Source: TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Native Lowtide.app on Future iPad? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. romeoz's Avatar
      romeoz -
      if we had this would it act like the apple tv? without hdmi of course
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      This I would love to see this. Much better on the iPad then the iPod touch.
    1. julioa350's Avatar
      julioa350 -
      Probably in the iPAD 2G
    1. allanes5's Avatar
      allanes5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by EskimoRuler View Post
      This I would love to see this. Much better on the iPad then the iPod touch.
      + 1
    1. nerdyperdy's Avatar
      nerdyperdy -
      Sweet. Looking forward to it.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      This would be great on the iPad, if they can port it to the touch, they should be able to do it to the iPad

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    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      man that would be nice.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      32 pin dock connector to hdmi and the iPad is a portable Apple TV
    1. xelatyper's Avatar
      xelatyper -
      Ooo this could get very interesting
    1. Jmataska's Avatar
      Jmataska -
      Quote Originally Posted by zoso10 View Post
      32 pin dock connector to hdmi and the iPad is a portable Apple TV
      That would be sick!!
    1. brbortscheller's Avatar
      brbortscheller -
      Quote Originally Posted by allanes5 View Post
      + 1
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Quote Originally Posted by xelatyper View Post
      Ooo this could get very interesting
      I agree entirely
    1. MindGem's Avatar
      MindGem -
      Quote Originally Posted by brbortscheller View Post