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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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    Comments 48 Comments
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      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.
      They can't write graphics drivers and the ten foot tall ego that every ******* executive that works for Apple won't allow them to let someone who knows what they are doing come in and do it for them. Apple will /never/ excel at anything graphics. Never.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I don't understand why people say $ony and Micro$oft when Appl€ makes way more expensive products.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      I don't understand why people say $ony and Micro$oft when Appl€ makes way more expensive products.
      +1
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Quote Originally Posted by KartRacer View Post
      Apple will /never/ excel at anything graphics. Never.
      That is the most ironic & moronic statement I have ever read.
      Apple Computer IS all about graphic design and has been for years.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      That is the most ironic & moronic statement I have ever read.
      Apple Computer IS all about graphic design and has been for years.
      He must've never seen Infinity Blade on a Retina display
    1. Sanady361's Avatar
      Sanady361 -
      I'm with wolverine..
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      He must've never seen Infinity Blade on a Retina display
      I meant they won't ever excel at gaming graphics on the desktop/laptop market. Case in point is Valve trying to work with Apple to improve their OS X drivers so they don't have a massive hit in performance compared to Windows on the same hardware. I lose easily 50% performance in Source games (a six odd year old graphic engine!) in OS X compared to Windows simply because Apple won't allow someone else to write a driver for them, they'd rather do it themselves. It's not saying Apple are dumb and don't know how they're just stubborn.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      That is the most ironic & moronic statement I have ever read.
      Apple Computer IS all about graphic design and has been for years.
      And yours is to me as well. Graphic design and graphics drivers are two very different things. Go back and read my previous comment and you'll understand re context of what I mean, I should have clarified it in that post to avoid confusion of meaning and context. Apple have never been a leader in pure graphics performance on consumer machines and if they continue to not allow outside vendors to write drivers for their hardware in OS X they will never be on par with Windows in performance.