What if AppleTV4 becomes iOS based Mac Mini equivalent?

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Bigmacduck, Aug 31, 2015.

  1. Bigmacduck macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2009
    What if AppleTV4 becomes iOS based Mac Mini equivalent?
    As there will be most likely an app store for the next generation of Apple TV, it could theoretically run also iOS productivity solutions, such as email, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, plus many more. Just add a bluetooth keyboard and together with the remote (what about a bluetooth mouse?) it could become a similar universal device as the OS X based mac mini is today?

    What do you think?
  2. Solver macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2004
    Cupertino, CA
    If developers want to write these types of apps for TVOS then it could happen, if Apple approves it. Like any new OS, it will be a complex cut and paste rewrite for each app.
  3. Snoopy4 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2014
    Mac Hub or Mac Home.

    Kinda like a gutted Mac Mini. No HDD or other peripheral support. Runs on iOS.

    A lot of the cost in iOS devices is in the cameras, display and case. Strip that out of an iPod touch and I wonder what the price point would be after you put it in a plastic box.
  4. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    Well I would prefer if there was a "Mini" line up

    Server Mini (on board graphics only with quad i7 processor and dual drives)
    Gamer/Graphic Mini (on board and added graphic chips also with i7 quad)
    Generic Mini for day today (range of CPU i5-i7, on board graphics)
    Entertainment Mini (akin to gamer/graphic Mini but with i5-i7 option, optimized graphics)
    Entertainment Mini Jr (arm or i3 processor, optimized graphics and is the bottom end of the line)
  5. Izauze macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2013
    With an open app store, I'm sure developers will be exploring every avenue, and many will be porting over existing code. While I'm sure we'll see utilities in the mix, I'm curious how they'll utilize the big screen, keyboardless format. I realize peripherals are a possibility, but people rarely spend much effort on apps that require them. And ain't nobody making spreadsheets with Siri in any world I can imagine. Though it will certainly be used to SHOW graphs, presentations, etc. The format lends itself to exhibition.

    Aside from media consumption, I'm expecting Trivia, Karaoke, or other social/party apps to be the first big breakthroughs. Interactive media could definitely take off, though that will likely take some time to perfect. Maybe health and fitness at some point. Eventually there'll be an app for every kind of signage/display you could thing of, all the way to an app for the senior citizen center display the bingo results :)

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