“On June 23, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that reveals one of the next chapters for Apple TV,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“The proposed system is described by Apple as being an enhanced TV widget paradigm,” Purcher reports. “Apple’s paradigm involves taking widgets to the next level of live widgets that will interact with TV shows like NBC’s ‘The Voice’ so that users could directly vote for their favorite candidates from their HDTV effortlessly.”

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Purcher reports, “The system will also work with live sports like football with other live content in the works. The system still involves Apple’s Apple TV set-top-box but with a twist: It will finally hook up with regular cable TV networks… Apple [has] envisioned and developed an enhanced TV widget paradigm in which widgets are capable of being content-aware and thus capable, among other things, of automatically (i.e., without intervening user input) providing the user with access to information or other resources that are complementary or otherwise relevant to the media content currently being presented by the TV set to the user.”

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