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  • Rumor: Camera Coming to Apple TV


    In what could be a clear indication of Apple's intention to bring FaceTime and other photo/video capturing capabilities to the Apple TV, a new string of reports suggest that the next Apple TV refresh could bring a significant hardware change to Apple's small living room experiment that is no longer small.

    A number of new job openings posted by the Cupertino, California-based company refer to camera support for Apple TV.

    With prominent rivals like Amazon purportedly gearing up to challenge Apple TV with a set-top box of their own, the pressure is now on Apple to upgrade the hardware of its Apple TV ASAP. As MMi has habitually covered n recent months, Apple TV hasn't received a physical overhaul in two years - an eternity for Apple products.

    The big question now is whether the Apple TV is getting a camera. Some suggest that the company's purchase of PrimeSense is a clear indicator that camera-driven motion controls are coming to an Apple device - potentially Apple TV - very soon.

    According to some analysts' projections, sales of Apple TV units brought in an estimated $1 billion in revenue for Apple in 2013 alone.

    Source: Apple (via AppleInsider)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rumor: Camera Coming to Apple TV started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. DTRocker's Avatar
      DTRocker -
      i bet you if this is true, its why apple has purchased a large some of sapphire crystals for the lenses on this isight/facetime camera
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      Funny to me. They keep updating this thing by making new pucks (hardware) we see incremental updates via software and no big changes since the first APTV. No games can be played, programming is all pay to watch for the most part...and all you can do on it you can do on all other streamers...minus iTunes content. Is it me or is this thing just not worth it? Its only $100 for a reason. With the camera..they will probably add another $50 at least. Just to perform facetime from my couch? hahaha..no thanks. My current APTV is sitting in my closet.
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      As long as we get 1GB of RAM and A7 processor, I am game for whatever.
      I can definitely see Apple killing off the Mac Mini and beefing up the ATV4.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      As long as it's some kind of add-on I don't actually have to buy I couldn't care less. I would be mad if it's included and bumps the price because I, and many other people, would not have any use for it.
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      FaceTime thru Apple tv
    1. c1972798's Avatar
      c1972798 -
      Ive got the ATV3 and hate that I cant jailbreak it. But if the ATV4 can use video chat with Skype that'll be the only reason I would buy it.
      The ATV3 is the only iDevice that cant be jailbroken and it looks like the jailbreak devs dont care as none of them are working on a jailbreak for it.