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A report from PhoneNews last week claims that Apple may be planning on integrating High Definition playback in their future iPhones and iPod Touches.

The phone site believes that Apple's recent clearance of Apple Composite AV Cables and Apple Component AV Cables are to make way for a new consolidated cable that will ship ahead of the next generation iPhone.
Apple will remedy this with a cable, which is known simply as the Apple AV Cable. The cable will function similar to the Xbox 360 Component AV Cable. The consolidated cable will support both component and composite output, allowing users to plug in to both HDTV and SDTV displays without the need for multiple cables.
PhoneNews claims the reason for this consolidation will be the incorporation of HD display capabilities on the devices as well as HD video output (720p and 1080i).

What this could mean is that the iPhone or iPod Touch could act as a make-shift Apple TV. They envision plugging your iPhone into an Apple AV Dock connected to your HDTV. This would then be able to stream video over Wi-Fi from your computer's iTunes library. This added functionality would skip the time-consuming step of syncing HD videos to the device itself and replicate some of the behavior of the Apple TV.

We're not sure what to make of this report though the possibilities are intriguing. PhoneNews has not been a regular source of Apple rumors and their last try wasn't accurate.

Article Link: Next Generation iPhone to Support HD Video and Apple TV-Like Behavior?
 

blizaine

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It would be nice to have "AppleTV" like ability on any TV in my house. I'd just buy a couple docks.
 

JAWWC

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The apple tv will still have more memory it would kind of be annoying if you have friends over and a private text message appears on your 50 inch screen half way through the movie thats why apple tv still would have a chance.:apple:

This is a good point, but you'd think Apple would make it so it pops up on just the phone and not the TV. It would be a bit more inconvenient, but for the money I could get for the Apple TV I think it would be worth it. Also I only use it for streaming, not syncing.
 

steve10172

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Apr 13, 2009
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What about Dock?

Does it mean there will be different connection on the back of dock, or same 30 Pin connector with 7 Cable outputs (3 for Composite and 4 for Component)?
 

DeSnousa

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Doesn't sound like Apple, they like simplified products and an iPhone media player is confusing, complicated and messy compared to the Apple TV. The iPhone will stick to basic video tasks on tv if you ask me.

However when I think about it, this would accelerate the iTunes Movie Store?
 

dannyboi83

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For streaming this would be great, and the more use for the iphone, the better I say. Also the apple TV seems to be a bit of a waste of time when you have a mac in the house. especially with the HD movie downloads now on itunes too (just hope they come to the UK soon).
 

tbealmear

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While this sounds really cool, I wouldn't think that the iPhone or iPod Touch would be capable of doing high definition content. Correct me if I am wrong...
 

jfruh

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component/composite != HD?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that you couldn't push real HD content (720p or 1080p/i) over a component or composite connection?
 

kdarling

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Doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

Why would I want to dedicate my phone to acting as a WiFi media server?

Sounds more like a college kid's fantasy... you know, where you can only afford one device plus Mac'n'cheese for dinner :)

HD output makes more sense on such as the Omnia HD phone: it can take HD movies and replay or transfer them.
 

dernhelm

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Interesting. I've been struggling with whether or not I need two encodings for video that I would want to look good on an Apple TV (or mac mini) and video I would also want to display on my iPod. I was even investigating the AV cables for the iPod, but then realized I would want both component and composite - and at near $100 for the pair, I just wouldn't jump.

The Apple TV (or normal) setting won't also play on my iPod - and my iPod HiRes setting is fine on a standard def TV, but leaves a lot to be desired on a 60" 1080p HDTV.

So right now, I have multiple encodings for a given video, but that's far from desirable. If the next gen iPod Touch could play back HD video (or really anything that the Apple TV could play), then this conundrum simply goes away, and things get a lot simpler.
 

dernhelm

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Sounds like Apple being forced to respond to Zune HD rumors.

Right. I'm sure Apple is really worried about the Zune marketshare rocketing up (to what, single digits?) with the rumors of Zune HD...

:rolleyes:

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that you couldn't push real HD content (720p or 1080p/i) over a component or composite connection?

OK - I'll correct you. Component cables can handle HD content, but composite cannot.
 

schimanke

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I think this is pretty likely, since you can already access lists with movies over the WiFi iTunes Store.
 

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BMWFan

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Right. I'm sure Apple is really worried about the Zune marketshare rocketing up (to what, single digits?) with the rumors of Zune HD...

:rolleyes:

MS came out of nowhere with the Xbox and now dominates the hardcore gaming market with the Xbox360. If they manage to tie Xbox360 and Zune functionality, there could be a large increase in market share. MS should also ramp up the marketing. When was the last time you saw a zune commercial?

Also, Apple should really give up on Macs as they are having such a hard time taking market share away from PCs :rolleyes:
 

russellelly

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that you couldn't push real HD content (720p or 1080p/i) over a component or composite connection?

Component can but without any HDCP (content protection) making it highly unlikely they'd allow iTunes movies to be played in HD over component.
 
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