Apple tv 3 has an a5 chip, why can't they put app store.

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by FatGuy007, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2012
    New York
    And make it 50-100$ more. I love the atv it's so different from any other apple device and stopped using cable due to it.
    I am just wondering why can't they just maybe add a few games, use the remote as a control.
    I know 1080p is hard on an a5, but a small game like angry birds won't hurt.
    Why can't they do it?
  2. macrumors 601


    Jul 5, 2009
    Florida, USA
    It's not an issue of can't, but rather won't. Why? Couldn't say, have to ask the guys and gals over at Apple.

    But seriously, I'd love to see an App Store on the Apple TV as well but Apple marches to their own drum and has their reasons, whatever they may be.
  3. macrumors 65832


    Sep 7, 2008
    do you rly want to know?
    More than likely, it is in the works or apple just doesnt see it as lucrative enough. if apple wants to do something, they try and get it right. the gaming paradigm changes when u go from a 3.5" screen to a 50+" screen. so they are probably experimenting for the best ui to support this etc.
  4. macrumors regular


    Mar 28, 2011
    Perth, Australia
    That's like saying PCs have an intel chip, why can't they run the Mac App Store.
  5. macrumors 65816

    Jul 13, 2008
    they do. wireless mirroring from your macbook. haha well not really but its the same thing if not better feature.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2008
    Nottingham, UK
    Why would you pay 50-100$ more for a feature that's designed to make Apple more money????? It would probably cost them little to no money to put the apps store on the ATV and they would profit greatly from all the app sales, so why would you want to pay extra for it?????
  7. macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    If they added an App Store to the ATV, I would like to see the price decrease, not increase, since a sold ATV will mean future income instead of just a one time sale.

    App Store and a higher price would be like offering members of a store less beneficial prices than non-members.
  8. macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    they're already making a ton of "future income" off it, via Media sales, and i'm sure they're getting a cut (although not their normal 30%) from all the subscription services they already offer access to.
  9. macrumors demi-god


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    If Apple really is making an LCD Television, I expect when that product is launched, so will an App Store for the :apple:TV.
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    Small market. The Apple TV hasn't really rocked Apple's revenue much. Apple's focused on the ones who do, and cares a lot less about the ones who doesn't (Just like any other business). Ever wondered why Apple doesn't air Apple TV ads, but has a lot of Siri ads?

    In fact, the market's so small, I have never seen anyone having an Apple TV. The last time I saw one was on the Apple store, and it's not even the latest edition.

    I asked my colleagues ipwhat they think about the Apple TV. Their answers were quite surprising.

    Here it is:
    I guess we both know how that disappointing conversation ended.
  11. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2012
    New York
    I know it's smaller than the iPhone, iPad, and macs. But it has really good potential, what are they going to do when they make the apple retina tv? They are probably going to add a few games to the apple v since it will probably be the only one compatible with that resolution, and the market will blast. But that will probably happen with the atv 4. They are going to make a tv, there's a new type of quality called quad core definition (or something like that) and it will be 2160p, but this the future but apple forces it today. And soon enough, they are going to make refrigeaters, toasters, microwaves. But that will be 10 years if there market fails or the world ends in 4 months.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2010
    I don't need the rumored iTV, but appleTV with AppStore. In that sense, they want to leave room for the new device.
  13. waw74, Aug 12, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2012

    macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    retina is all about viewing distance, a 50" 1080 TV goes retina at slightly further than 6 feet. so a lot of people's televisions already qualify as retina.

    in much the same way that the iphone, ipad, and retina MBP all have different dpi, yet still carry the retina label. Retina is also a term made up by apple, so they define it as they want.

    iphone - 326 dpi
    ipad - 264 dpi
    r MPB - 220 dpi

    google retina math if you're bored.

    It's called 4K.
    to be able to see a difference in 4k vs 1080, you would either have to be extremely close, or have a HUGE screen
    4K is more for public spaces like movie theatres. or people with way too much money
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2010
    I just don't think the experience is there. I mean yay great app store for Apple TV... all i have is a IR remote what am I going to do now? Buy a mouse and keyboard just for a few apps for the apple tv? Now its clunky.

    Now if you had kinect type controls then yeah but thats for possible Apple Television set.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Carl Sagan

    May 31, 2011
    How would you play games with that simple controller that comes with @TV?
  16. macrumors 68030

    May 27, 2008
    cause the kinect comes permanently attached to a TV?

    in my opinion the more useful aTV apps would be about media content, not games.
    HBO go
    Amazon Prime

    no mouse or keyboard needed
  17. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2010
    We got Hulu without a AppStore there is nothing stopping the other developers from "trying" to get on the appletv. But games and the likings are practically useless unless the controls were not restricted. Only way to get around that is kinect type or simplified controls that aren't clunky.

    Even if it has kinect type controls I'm not entirely sure if it would be a great experience.
    Problem 1 with kinect slow response, it's not fast enough to be great, there is always that uncertainty feeling "did I do the move right" as we'll as did the user screw up but think it was the devices fault for not understanding.
    Problem 2 hand gestures need to be intuitive and basic that anyone can use it with out prior experience.
    Problem 3 possible usage limitation.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2012
    San Francisco, CA
    If Apple does, how can you interact with all applications on App store? Oh! Remote. Wait?
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2010
    Apple already got patents for wand type remote controller and 5d tech, probably next apple tv or itv will come with something like this.

    And about the app store for atv, we will probably get it with ios6 since iOS betas now have the feature that allows the user to change icon order. So we believe this is a sign of a new coming app store.

    Wait September 12th.. lots of things will change..
  20. mykelala01, Aug 12, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 12, 2012

    macrumors 6502


    May 17, 2009
    In Iphone IOS 6 they removed "Youtube"... Does it mean that if IOS6 came out on ATV "Youtube" will be removed too? So does it mean we need a App store so we can install 3rd party apps like Youtube created by Google. The reason I like ATV against my Roku because of Airplay and official Youtube apps.
  21. macrumors demi-god


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    iPod Touch | iPhone | iPad
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Carl Sagan

    May 31, 2011
    Not until version two.

    "And now we introduce the Apple TV 2, thinner, less bezel and for the first time it comes with App Store..."
  23. macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    they will in time. I think they're probably figuring out what kind of apps they're going to allow on the atv. If they allow games, they don't want to be saddled with the negative reviews coming from controlling them with the remote.
  24. macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    if you own one of those you pretty much can alredy play your games on the ATV via Airplay, so there is no real advantage to have the game stored on the ATV than on the other iOS device
  25. macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    I think they know what they want; to be able to offer pay per view and subscription like apps for content providers. The problem is they're trying to figure out pricing and deals... That's what I think.

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