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  • iOS 4.3 Beta Teases Possible Apple TV Gaming Platform


    While commonly thought of as little more than a "hobby" to Apple, the living room is becoming an increasingly important target for Cupertino's product development aims. Given the explosion in popularity of the Apple TV and rampant speculation about Apple entering the connect-flatscreen TV business, it seems as though Apple is gearing up for an even bigger push into the living room than anyone had previously thought possible.

    According to the folks at Engadget, who were on the receiving end of an anonymous provider of iOS 4.3 beta 3 code snippets, Apple may be planning to launch an Apple TV gaming platform in the near future. In particular, two strings of code, "com.apple.appletv.play.live.thunder" and "com.apple.appletv.play.archive.thunder" suggest that Cupertino is getting serious about gaming. As a result, if video game support comes to the Apple TV, it could prove a game changer for the video gaming industry as we presently know it.

    Suspicions of Apple entering the video game industry date back two years, however, when an unearthed Apple patent appeared to indicate that Apple TV owners would be allowed to engage in causal gaming on the original version of the Apple TV. The hugely successful September refresh of the set-top box has apparently also restored the company's desire to explore new gaming opportunities for users. Naturally, the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 have nothing to worry about immediately. But Apple's prospective foray into the video game market will, indeed, exert pronounced influence on the entire gaming market. And Apple rarely does anything without the intention of becoming a major player in its chosen field.

    * UPDATE

    Following Engadget's initial report, which spread like wildfire across the tech blogosphere, Jay Freeman (Saurik) weighed in on the matter, effectively debunking in his infinite wisdom some of which was contained in the reports. "Engadget seriously believes that 'ATVGamesStandingsController' has to do with physical game controllers as opposed to model-view-controller," he tweeted earlier Thursday, later adding: "Based on the snippet Engadget put in their article, /my/ guess is that Apple is adding something like 'NBA playoff schedule' to the AppleTV."

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS 4.3 Beta Teases Possible Apple TV Gaming Platform started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 48 Comments
    1. Simon's Avatar
      Simon -
      Quote Originally Posted by pickeledpeter View Post
      not the latest firmware. Thank you for your time though.
      The latest firmware can actually be jailbroken. It is tethered right now with season pass or pwnage tool but should be untethered soon with a updated greenpoison.
    1. pickeledpeter's Avatar
      pickeledpeter -
      Quote Originally Posted by x98car View Post
      The latest firmware can actually be jailbroken. It is tethered right now with season pass or pwnage tool but should be untethered soon with a updated greenpoison.
      yeah tethered, with season pass. Did that. Then they want you to pay. No thanks. That's what I'm talking about it, waiting ont the pwnage tool. I'm sure it'll be soon too.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Not gonna happen. Apple can't write graphics drivers and are too proud to ask nVidia or ATi to write them for their products. Even performance on the MacBooks is extremely bad compared to Windows. Unless you want to play 8 bit games on a hi def tv, this is a joke. And from what's being said, no surprise on who the author is given the glaring errors that are being pointed out.
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Would be cool to be able to play your iPhone games with your phone on tv, some games would be hard, or maybe use the phone or iPad as a controller
    1. back9player's Avatar
      back9player -
      can we at least TRY and fact check!!!????

      WTF? this is sad.... these articles are a complete joke!
    1. Jay316's Avatar
      Jay316 -
      Well it's February 10th, and it's not Ultrasn0wing, I am disappointed
    1. mustard05's Avatar
      mustard05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bigbaba View Post
      They should call it Pippin

      LMFAO. That was the best reply in this thread!

      I believe Apple did sell about 10k of the Pippins, but I could be very wrong!
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      My kids would luv this
    1. phoenix81's Avatar
      phoenix81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by pickeledpeter View Post
      exciting but i want someone to jailbreak the dang thing so we can see what the ATV2 is capable of.
      Um it has been jailbroken


      Also,

      https://twitter.com/saurik/status/35722210345746432

      https://twitter.com/saurik/status/35722469096562688

      Saurik has another thought
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by phoenix81 View Post
      Um it has been jailbroken
      It's hasn't been shown what it is truly capable of though
    1. phoenix81's Avatar
      phoenix81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      It's hasn't been shown what it is truly capable of though
      Partially true to his post. But i was merely stating it was jailbroken.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by pickeledpeter View Post
      exciting but i want someone to jailbreak the dang thing so we can see what the ATV2 is capable of.
      I have had my ATV jailbroken for a while now.
    1. Zman920's Avatar
      Zman920 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bignighttrain View Post
      I don't see DVD's CD's or BlueRay staying around too long when every thing you want is already at your finger tips & a download away.
      People still want a physical form of media not everyone wants digital and until then BlueRay DVD's and Cd's will be produced.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Quote Originally Posted by speedfreak228 View Post
      i wish apple would make a gaming console. everything they make works. i am sick and tired of xboxes rrod ********
      Get a PS3, They have better graphics, most online gaming is free and its a Blu-Ray Player !!!
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      NBA playoff schedule eh? I guess stuff that like could be cool.
    1. phoenix81's Avatar
      phoenix81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      NBA playoff schedule eh? I guess stuff that like could be cool.

      I am inclined to believe Saurik.. Why else would there be a key <calendar> before <AtvGamesScheduleController>
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by phoenix81 View Post
      I am inclined to believe Saurik.. Why else would there be a key <calendar> before <AtvGamesScheduleController>
      Yeah he seems like he knows what he's talkin about.

      Good game the other day by the way (Bulls vs. Jazz), seems you guys beat us so bad that our head coach decided to retire (Jerry Sloan) after 23 seasons.
    1. SwatPac's Avatar
      SwatPac -
      Quote Originally Posted by santacruzlocal View Post
      Get a PS3, They have better graphics, most online gaming is free and its a Blu-Ray Player !!!
      Ps3 b10w5 th3 p3ni5! If Apple made a console, it would blow $ony & Micro$oft out of the water.
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SwatPac View Post
      Ps3 b10w5 th3 p3ni5! If Apple made a console, it would blow $ony & Micro$oft out of the water.
      No it wouldn't and here's why. Apples gonna have a REALLY hard time tryin to push around a studio like Trey arche or valve like they do the smaller devs that make games for the iPhone. And as another poster already said, for all that apple excels at, writing graphics drivers is their Achilles heal. So in a nut shell, not gonna happen.
    1. phoenix81's Avatar
      phoenix81 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Yeah he seems like he knows what he's talkin about.

      Good game the other day by the way (Bulls vs. Jazz), seems you guys beat us so bad that our head coach decided to retire (Jerry Sloan) after 23 seasons.
      Looks like the post took out the key and string identifier input in there. O well you get the point