Could this be the new Apple TV?

Jonsmith

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I was bored on my lunch break so I thought I'd post this link i found to a recently posted article on a UK marketing company website.

They seem to think they have a grip on what could be the next, Apple TV.

I was going to post it in the news section, but I've not been here before so the computer said NO...
(This seemed like the next best place)

Anyway, here's the link: Could this be the new Apple TV?

Enjoy.
 

eawmp1

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Uh, No. But I did drive up the post count to your site by 1.

Could this be the next Apple TV?
Here’s an artists impression of a device that was explained in depth to me just last week, i've dubbed it the iTV.

The funny thing is this, there are many in the world waiting with baited breath in anticipation of a sublime, contemporarily styled high definition, likely 27” or more Apple TV. Perhaps coming in a large white box.

You know how Apple products look, they look great and you know how their marketing department is, LOCKED DOWN.

Anyway, are they going to be surprised at what’s really in store?

A HDMI "Dongle" that’s not 2 inches long?

Strange, but it’s highly likely it’s true. Apple does have a habit of squeezing great things into tiny packages.

Just into the New Year I found myself in a chance meeting with a friend with whom I go way back, a friend I had not seen in some time. The funny thing is, thinking back about it, the last time I saw them was when they’d told me about a wonderful new job opportunity they’d discovered, a job opportunity in California.

Now 5 years go by and wouldn’t you know it, I find them sitting at the table opposite me, in a restaurant in Glasgow. Our re-introductions went swiftly, I’d known them since child-hood, and soon the pleasantries were followed by quite a few pints of the finest and then a dram or three as we went over the past 5 years of each of our lives.

Much of the evening was spent talking about general chit-chat; What it was like, the California beaches, the weather and all the more mundane but important stuff you find yourself talking about, especially once you’ve had a couple more than were really necessary.

But as the evening drew to a close I found we had begun discussing projects that had been started during his time in this new job, jobs that had been completed and even projects that were still on-going, but one project in particular stood out at me.

It was the HDMI Dongle you see above and I’m told it was finished over 3 months ago!!

The new Apple iTV: What it could do for you.
I’ll tell you what I was told;

This is a Wireless High Definition Link that connects iDevices, for example your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad and potentially others, to your TV using the HDMI Socket.

I was told the Apple iTV is powered by the HDMI Socket on the TV, so no cables;

I checked this out, and sure enough, the HDMI socket conveniently has a 5v, 50mA supply built right in.

Anyway, it is coupled to a custom App on the iDevice and this App allows you to build your own TV Channel from pretty well any web source and display it on any TV with a HDMIPortvia Wi-Fi.

It appears tie ins with YouTube, Hulu and even 4OD and BBC iPlayer have been tested and also the internet with Safari, all on the TV in your living room, and all controlled from your iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad.

It really is such a simple idea.

I was told even more;

The new Apple iTV also gives full control of the TV to the iDevice, so controls like Volume, Mute, Channel Select and many more are also controlled on the phone, pod or pad. Yet another clever standard feature, and as it uses the HDMI Consumer Electronics Control system it works with almost any TV, certainly any with a fully compatible HDMI socket and it seems most are.

I was reliably told there was absolutely no reason why it could not wirelessly send Live Sky Sports Video, assuming you have a Sky contract or SkyGo, via your mobile phone to your TV.

In fact, it doesn’t even have to be your TV, as it’s based on Wireless and HDMI and works with your mobile phone, you can take it to your friends house and watch the footy, even if they haven’t got SKY.

They don’t even need a TV Aerial or Sky dish, just a TV with HDMI.

Of course you will still need a decent Internet connect, but these days, who hasn’t?

The new Apple iTV: Potential Specifications.
CEC TV Compatibility, partial list:

Samsung Anynet
Sharp Aquos Link
Sony Bravia Link
HitachiHDMI-CEC
Pioneer KURO Link
Toshiba CE-Link & Regza Link
LG SimpLink
Panasonic Viera Link
Philips EasyLink
Wireless / Video Modes:

B/G/N
HDMI 1.4 with HDCP – (Type A)
Maximum supported Resolution 1920 x 1080
iDevice compatitbility list, partial:

iPod Touch
iPhone 4
iPhone 4S
iPad
iPad 2
I was also told it has a swivel HDMI Plug for those wall mounted sets with rear facing sockets. Unfortunately I forgot about it until after the artists impression was drawn up.

I bet the box is only 3” square!!

Guess where my friend went to work those 5 years ago….

Pop back soon and read more.
 

dnelms

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I'll preface this with saying I have both an ATV2 and a Roku (actually 3 of them). If this article was to be believed (big IF), then they would have a leg up on Roku (besides the obvious) in that Roku's streaming stick has to have a MHL capable TV. Unless I missed that in the article, it surmised that the Apple stick would be just a regular HDMI port. If true, that would put it able to work with many other TV's right now than Roku could.
 

MonkeySee....

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I Streamed/ Mirrored ITVPlayer to my AppleTV for about 40 mins and I went from 87% to 23% battery.

Its a nice idea but you need to have the iDevice docked.

I dunno. Would be the most affordable way of doing it for Apple
 

Slayerboym88

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I'm surprised that I really like this idea. In fact, seeing as how much cheaper this would be compared to having to buy a new TV set, this is preferable to the idea of an independent TV. Losing the power cord is a huge +. Make this thing $99 or less and I'll buy. Interesting to see if the app could be used with the current AppleTV.
 

Jonsmith

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I'm surprised that I really like this idea. In fact, seeing as how much cheaper this would be compared to having to buy a new TV set, this is preferable to the idea of an independent TV. Losing the power cord is a huge +. Make this thing $99 or less and I'll buy. Interesting to see if the app could be used with the current AppleTV.
When I read first read the story, it made me think.

Apple doesn't normally sell big box products and from what I understand there's not much money in selling TV's.

It doesn't make good business sense for Apple to sell 40", 50" and bigger TV's and most of us have them already.
 

Jonsmith

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Jan 23, 2012
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Apple files Touchscreen TV remote - software patent

Well, here is one of the patents to help Apple secure the TV / Media malarkey.

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/01/26/apples_universal_remote_concept_hints_at_future_television_set_.html

I say it hints at your phone making use of the consumer electronics control software built into every HDMI device.

Funny, released a couple of days later.

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Uh, No. But I did drive up the post count to your site by 1.
I notice you ripped the entire page of content off that site. You didn't spot that (c) copyright symbol no....
 

macbookman83

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Well, here is one of the patents to help Apple secure the TV / Media malarkey.

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/01/26/apples_universal_remote_concept_hints_at_future_television_set_.html

I say it hints at your phone making use of the consumer electronics control software built into every HDMI device.

Funny, released a couple of days later.

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I notice you ripped the entire page of content off that site. You didn't spot that (c) copyright symbol no....
Lol
 

Mr-Kerrse

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I Streamed/ Mirrored ITVPlayer to my AppleTV for about 40 mins and I went from 87% to 23% battery.

Its a nice idea but you need to have the iDevice docked.

I dunno. Would be the most affordable way of doing it for Apple
Funny when i was holiday i streamed many films from my ipad to my atv & it certainly went on for a long longer than 40 mins, watched 3 films in a row & still had plenty battery
 

MonkeySee....

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Funny when i was holiday i streamed many films from my ipad to my atv & it certainly went on for a long longer than 40 mins, watched 3 films in a row & still had plenty battery
Ahh I mirrored. I didn't "Airplay". I had video running on my phone whilst sending it to the Apple device. :eek: