Will the Apple Tablet replace AppleTV?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Gromit, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2004
    It is obviously going to be a video playing device with wifi and probably a hdmi output.

    Use the touch screen to find your stuff then plug into you HDTV to watch. Or perhaps you have something like Time Capsule with a 4Tb which is connected to the TV which the tablet controls?

    The Tablet might connect to existing TVs via wifi, offering greater functionality and a full Safari browser?

    Or completely stupid idea?
  2. macrumors 68000


    Feb 24, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia & Bay Area
    All I can say, is it better freakin not.

    The apple TV should be completely different.

    I love my apple tv.
  3. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    What Apple Tablet? And the ATV is no where near the same device as any tablet.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2007
    They're no where near the same product whatsoever. Why would Apple make a device that would require you to get off the couch and plug into your TV? That's kinda a de-evolution from using a remote + Apple TV isn't it.

    So while my tablet is plugged into the TV, I can't do anything with it? Why not use an iPod to do that?
  5. macrumors 68020


    Dec 25, 2008
    yeah i haven't seen a tablet around any Apple stores in my area either. the ATV probably will just be phased out, not replaced.
  6. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    I don't understand how a tablet could replace the AppleTV...
  7. macrumors member

    Aug 3, 2009
    7" (HDD?) based iPod Touch alike which connects via some kind of wireless protocol to a dedicated charging dock, which in turn has HDMI and optical out.

    Gives you a nice big tablet to take around to watch stuff on the go but also a dedicated full colour touchscreen remote control for an AppleTV like experience when in the home.
  8. macrumors 603


    Aug 2, 2002
    Cork, Ireland.
    Can't see it. If you hold the tablet and stream wirelessly to the TV, performance and battery life becomes an issue. If you dock the tablet to the TV, it's out of reach and not easy to use.

    The tablet would make a superb media-rich remote for a home media solution (Mac/PC server & Apple TV & TV/stereo) though.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    May 30, 2008
    Most people want to watch TV on a TV. The Apple TV is a dedicated device to do just that. The tablet is meant for portability.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area
    Why would I want a touch screen interface on a device that sits across the room on a shelf under my television?
  11. macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2007
    Torrance, CA
    That's my vote.
  12. macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    I can see it happening. It's a logical extrapolation...

    Today, you can dock an iPod to playback the audio content it contains on a Hifi system.

    In the future, you will be able to dock a Tablet to playback the video content via your TV.

    In addition, just like the plethora of 3rd party docks for iPod's you can probably expect to see a similar variety of dock type solutions for a Tablet including TV's and AV-Receivers with built-in docks.

    The tablet can be to video exactly what the iPod is to audio and remove the need for an AppleTV appliance.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    I don't want to "dock" a $600 tablet with a screen to playback video content. What I want is a small footprint Ethernet-attached appliance permanently stationed next to my TV(s).

    See the difference between the two?
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2009
    No way.

    I don't want to dock and undock or plug and unplug some big-screened device to my TV. The Apple TV is connected to my TV.. it sits there and it stays there.

    A tablet would be a nice cousin to the Apple TV... have something like the remote app, except more flashy, to browse through your media and begin playing it on the Apple TV.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    The Apple tablet isn't in stores yet, but there are many rumours that Apple will soon release one (which is what the OP was getting at). Search Google or MacRumors and you'll see that there's a lot of specualtion about it - makes for quite interesting reading.

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