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  • $99 iPhone OS, Cloud-Based Apple TV Coming?


    Engadget is claiming they've got a scoop this morning about a fundamental refresh of Apple TV. The newest iteration of Apple's "hobby project" is supposedly based on iPhone OS 4 and the same A4 CPU as the iPad and the next-generation iPhone. The new device will have flash storage, but content will be stored on Apple's servers rather than locally, though Time Machine backup options will supposedly be available. And in a separate hint, an email from Apple Support that suggests a major change to how iTunes video is delivered may be forthcoming.

    Engadget's Joshua Topolsky writes this morning about a tip he's received that he says is confirmed by "a source very close to Apple." The new Apple TV, which Topolsky claims has been under development long before Google announced its TV solution, is now firmly a part of the iPod/iPhone/iPad family ("iTV?"). Based on the A4 system-on-a-chip, the device, which Topolsky is describing as "an iPhone without a screen," will by a tiny box with just a power cord and video-out port that will output 1080p HD. As opposed to the current Apple TV and its 160GB hard drive, the new device will just have a small 16GB flash memory space for the OS and apps, and will sync with Apple's cloud for content. Time Machine backup will be available for those who want local storage. And of all that news, the price may be the biggest shocker: just $99.

    Possibly lending some credence to this unsourced rumor is a random post on ZDNet's "Apple Core" blog. A reader wrote in to describe a strange interaction he had with Apple Support. He was waiting for new episodes of the TV show "Doctor Who" for his Apple TV, but they weren't being downloaded. When he emailed support, he got an oddly defensive response from a rep saying that he "can't comment" on "rumors about decisions, products, programs, or promotions that Apple has not officially announced." In a season when most "rumors" concern everything other than the almost-forgotten Apple TV, the response was particularly curious.

    Google recently announced a plan to work with Sony to develop TVs that run Android, and is partnering with Logitech and Intel to provide Atom processor-based set-top boxes. The devices are said to begin shipping in fall of this year. Engadget's Topolsky didn't give a release date for the supposed Apple TV refresh, other than to claim that it wouldn't be announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference next month, which he notes "will be focused on the capabilities of the new iPhone."
    This article was originally published in forum thread: $99 iPhone OS, Cloud-Based Apple TV Coming? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 19 Comments
    1. ownerofspam's Avatar
      ownerofspam -
      Cool. I can put this in my living room next to my 3D HDTV. Because this sounds like something that I need just as much as I need 1080p Mythbusters blowing things up in the most realistic manner possible.

      Upon thinking about this, if it's iPhone OS based...I'm going to hook this UP to my 3D HDTV, jailbreak it to output games to my tv, and take Pocket God to an entirely new level.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      iPhone OS??????!!!!! So I guess the prophecy was really true...

    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      holdin' out for the imat that can't multitask
    1. Vandale's Avatar
      Vandale -
      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      iPhone OS??????!!!!! So I guess the prophecy was really true...

      lol this is epic win
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      They can't keep putting
      iPhone os and shyt just to make it cheap, iPad couldve been osx but that costs to much?
    1. Atomi's Avatar
      Atomi -
      I just discovered a great product and its like cloud based tv where you can see any program that have been aired last 4 weeks and cause iTunes series and movies arent in europe, this future machine is just useless. You lucky bastards (americans) but hey!! you have AT&T.

      Owned <3
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I've always found the apple tv to be pretty cool
    1. dillonsmith9147's Avatar
      dillonsmith9147 -
      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      iPhone OS??????!!!!! So I guess the prophecy was really true...

      What are you talking about the iMat wont be possible, we'll all be dead 12/21/12 remember
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Quote Originally Posted by dillonsmith9147 View Post
      What are you talking about the iMat wont be possible, we'll all be dead 12/21/12 remember
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Come on, Apple! Can you develop a different operating system?

      But, despite that, it actually sounds pretty cool.
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      MKV support plz...
    1. jbreak23's Avatar
      jbreak23 -
      Looking forward to see the progression on this.
    1. Gustavo Saliola's Avatar
      Gustavo Saliola -
      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      iPhone OS??????!!!!! So I guess the prophecy was really true...

      ...And this closes a perfect friday @ work. As said, an Epic Win.

      TNX for the magic.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Adding the A4 will help it big time. I love my AppleTV and I don't really care if it runs the iPhone OS. I just want it to have a little more power so 1080p files run fine on it. Sad that the rumor is 16GB SSD but oh well.

      I will most likely be buying one anyway because my AppleTV has gotten it's fair use and beyond since I bought shortly after it's release.
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      The Apple TV is a great idea, but it seems Apple really doesn't know what they want to do with it. They've changed the OS a lot and its still kinda eh I dont know. I use mine often but I just stream from my iTunes library. Hopefully if they go this direction with it it'll work a whole lot better.
    1. Kaatje's Avatar
      Kaatje -
      If this is true, I will be picking up 4 of them
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by adp View Post
      iPhone OS??????!!!!! So I guess the prophecy was really true...

      gettin more an more like lolycats. dont be so synical bro.
    1. youngbrammer's Avatar
      youngbrammer -
      I like SSD drives but it's really only useful in portable devices (ie phones and laptops). I also like cloud services but I don't think it can deliver 1080p streaming. Hell, I can't stream iPod Classic resolution (320*240 I believe) over my network to my PS3 without massive buffering. Imaging 1080p over a crappy internet like mine (St Louis has horrible internet. At least our AT&T cell phone service is better than the rest of the nation though!)
      I think they'll need to keep the HD space on there and have cloud as just place to save it until later & for music storage. Music is much easier to stream.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      I already own an Apple TV and have been waiting for them to push an iPhone OS update to it. Hopefully the new OS and features will work on the current models too.