23 posts tagged apple tv
Speaking of Apple and gaming, here’s Sean Heber:
Apple now has everything they need to disrupt the game console industry in a way that none of them see coming. I predict that we’ll see a new AppleTV update (and hardware) this fall along with a new app extension type for AirPlay. AirPlay will become about more than just streaming video to your AppleTV - instead that’ll simply be one of the things you can do with it. Apps (mostly games, I suspect) will be able to bundle an AirPlay extension inside - just like how apps can now bundle photo editing or sharing extensions as of iOS 8. The key difference is where the AirPlay extension app actually executes - instead of running on your device itself from within another host app, the AirPlay extension app will be automatically uploaded to whatever AppleTV you are currently AirPlaying with and will run directly on the AppleTV natively instead. This means no video streaming lag and minimal controller lag. Your iPhone would then turn into a generic game controller with onscreen controls or, if you have a physical shell controller attached to your iPhone, it activates that instead. The game controller inputs are then relayed to the AppleTV and thus to the AirPlay extension app using the new game controller forwarding feature.
This is a very interesting idea — apps as air(play)borne viruses that “infect” the Apple TV unit. It sounds almost crazy enough to be true.
Remember that while it’s stated to have no internal storage, the Apple TV (the hockey puck variety) does actually have 8 GB of memory. This would certainly be enough for any single app (of which games are almost always the largest) to fully reside temporarily, while playing.
The wild card here in my mind, is the input. The long-rumored new Apple TV box has long been said to be built around some sort of new control paradigm. Will a “magic wand” or some other such controller work with these games as well? Or will there be something else? Or will it simply rely on an iPad/iPhone?
[via John Gruber]
Interesting idea indeed.
Good summary of Apple TV channels introduction over time from MacStories.net. I have a theory regarding the acceleration of channel additions. I think Apple is putting the final touch to an Apple TV SDK and is working with many partners to test it and fix problems with dev tools. So in a word, they are getting ready for a major push in the TV space (not necessarily a TV device) and have plenty of content ready when it debuts.
I love the look of this new Apple TV concept. The fact that it is using the same kind of contour as the iPads would make it more in line with current designs from Apple.
Interesting to see Apple opening up their iAd platform. Could be a sign that Apple will eventually aim all this to Apple TV.
The Apple TV was on the market way before the iPad. Is this guy really know about the Apple TV ?
Like this design a lot. The remote is kind of a mix of an iPod touch with an Apple TV remote.
Apple’s plans for its revamped Apple TV have been scaled back compared to what the company had previously intended…
Not an easy one. Is content the only issue with the next generation of Apple TV? If Apple can think of iOS in the Car, why they cannot create something similar with iOS on TV ?
Nope, not going to happen this way.
iLounge has heard from reliable industry sources that Apple TV will soon be getting proper game support in an update, likely to come in March or earlier. We’ve heard that developers are currently working on Bluetooth controller options, and it’s expected that games could be downloaded directly to the Apple TV rather than relying on another iOS device as an intermediary.…
I wonder if Apple will make iOS for Apple TV more familiy friendly by allowing the use of accounts in order to buy stuff games, play games and post on the Game Center. The iPhone is an individual device for sure and a single Apple ID for purchases is kind of ok. The iPad a bit less and people in a family want to share it. But the Apple TV is certainly a family device… How will iOS be adapted for this reality? Using a personal and a single Apple ID to make purchases on the App Store wouldn’t do it.
Bloomberg also has plans to integrate new features into the experience that will be first of their kind on the Apple TV. Most notably, the company is planning integration with the existing push notifications it delivers as “tune-in alerts” through its iOS apps. Users will eventually be able to select preferences for notifications right within the Apple TV app that will be displayed on both the TV and mobile devices connected to the same Bloomberg account. The company didn’t say how exactly notifications would work on the TV, or if Apple is involved with the development of the feature. It’s also considering interactive ads. As an example, Okaro described a user pressing a button when viewing an interactive ad to pull up more in-depth product information. Before those features, the company will roll out an update in coming weeks that will enable playlists that sync between Apple TV and its iOS apps.
Creeping ever closer to the future of apps on Apple TV…
Apple is clearly taking a different path with the Apple TV compared to the iPhone or the iPad. I think they are actually building an SDK for it and testing it with partners. Once the tools will be ready for prime time, they will lunch it for all developers.