Monday, April 04, 2011

Apple TV is a blessing for an industry

Apple TV is a blessing for an industry trying to move the needle forward on sales

We all are quite familiar with Apple TV Programming. Apple TV allows consumers to use an HDTV set to view photos, play music and watch video that originates from limited Internet services or a local network. The first generation (white) had iTunes, Flickr, Mobileme/.Mac, and Youtube. The second generation added Netflix. Both models supported downloading/streaming podcasts. And soon we will be introduced to "Smart TV". Developers at Apple , Inc are apparently working on this device.

Basic features of Smart TV:- It is quite clear by the name that this device will surely include some combination of TV content. It will also include input from OTA/Cable cards. It will also include variety of TV apps and other apps like Facebook, twitter and web browser integration similar what we have see in Google TV. This device will be fully loaded with variety of games applications for all age and sex and it will also offer a combination remote and keyboard. It is likely ARM based running on the latest version of iOS involving Apple's dual core design. Munster previously remarked that “While Apple’s commitment to the living room remains a ‘hobby’ we continue to believe the company will enter the TV market with a full focus, as an all-in-one Apple television could move the needle when connected TVs proliferate”. It is under development stage so, it is hard to know what exactly Smart TV will be offering. It is likely that it will offer some sort of iPhone/ iPad/iPod Touch docking support. It will offer several streaming options and some other programming.