Rumors resurface about a revamped Apple TV
New rumors are surfacing via an article in the NY Times about Apple bringing on “several user interface and graphics designers who have a background in broadcast design for television” in a possible move to enter the fray with the likes of Google TV. There is a lot of speculation that Apple is working on and IOS-based Apple TV replacement, coming just in time to compete with Google’s entrance into the Television arena.
While Apple spokespeople have declined to comment on both the report and the long running rumors, these rumors describe a compact device, about the size of an iPhone 4 with little more than power and HDMI connectivity. The device, running the same OS as found on the iPhone and iPad, would already have a head start running apps like NetFlix, Hulu, and others. A more open Operating System enabling 3rd party apps to be written for it truly is the key to moving away from the rather limited original Apple TV, which is rapidly losing fans for the more capable HDMI equipped Mac mini.
This new move (if rumors are indeed accurate) could really bring the Apple TV back to a point where it can compete with the likes of Google TV and a Windows based HTPC.
We’ll keep an ear out for more information as it looks like things will get very exciting in this arena with so much activity from players like Apple and Google.
[via slashgear.com and NY Times]