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More evidence of Apple TV apps appears online

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, September 23, 2010
News Categories: Apple TV

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New evidence of apps support on the second-generation Apple TV has surfaced online. Mac Rumors points to a LinkedIn profile of an Apple intern, who describes him/herself as an “AppleTV Apps Engineer.” Last week, it was revealed that the second-generation Apple TV, despite using a user interface extremely similar to that of the first-generation model, actually runs a version of iOS. Reports from Engadget prior to the device’s launch that correctly predicted a 720p video output cap, the device’s A4 chip, and its use of iOS, also said the new Apple TV would be capable of running third-party applications, although not necessarily the same apps found on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

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1

What would you seriously run on the Apple TV?
Internet? Newspaper? Games? And interface how? The play button?
A ridiculously expensive accessory for iDevices?
What value would you get from this? An overpriced Wii?

Posted by Alan on September 23, 2010 at 11:37 AM (PDT)

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how can this be an overpriced Wii if the appletv unit cost $99 ?

Posted by Foxkiko on September 23, 2010 at 12:17 PM (PDT)

3

All I need is an MLB.TV app.

Posted by Galley in Greenville, SC on September 23, 2010 at 8:53 PM (PDT)

4

Here’s where Apple is poised to kick the Wii’s butt (and I’ve had a Wii for over two years now):

Nintendo has been pushing and selling downloadable games for years, they’re also idiots at doing it. Their copy protection scheme is tied to the *specific* hardware. Wii dies out of warranty and just want to replace it, nope, can’t transfer downloaded games, have to repurchase them OR send the unit into a Nintendo repair center for a few weeks, pay their out of warranty repair costs (not insignificant) and have them transfer the licenses for you.

Apple has been courting game devs heavily these past couple of years and their copy protection scheme is as good as you’re going to find. They come up with a way to use your iPhone or touch as a remote for gaming on your big screen TV and for $99 for the unit and $9.99 for games and somebody is going to be rolling in cash.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on September 24, 2010 at 7:03 AM (PDT)

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Running a Plex app on an Apple TV would be the ultimate media center in my opinion.

Posted by Tim on November 4, 2010 at 6:30 PM (PDT)

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