“The new Apple TV media extender is supposed to ship this month, perhaps even by the time you read this column, and if you are like me you are wondering what that 40-gig hard drive is doing inside. I’m guessing we won’t know for sure until later this year, though of course I also think I know the secret answer, too,” Bob Cringely writes for PBS.
Cringely writes, “It will be interesting to hear Apple’s explanation for the hard drive. It would make good sense, for example, to keep storage close to the attached TV if Apple had some doubts about the speed of the network connection between the Apple TV box and the Mac or Windows machine running Front Row. If we squint hard and enter a state of suspended disbelief that might be plausible. Only that makes no sense.”
“Apple might tell us that the Apple TV can play video from the hard drive without requiring a Mac or PC on the network. This is an answer that I would believe and I really hope it is the case, because wouldn’t it be great to still watch a movie even when your computer isn’t running in the next room? And it might be true because Apple loses nothing since you’d still need the host computer to load video into the Apple TV,” Cringely writes.
Cringely writes, “Or maybe Apple won’t mention the hard drive at all, saying only that it is intended for some future software release. I believe this, too, but people are going to have a hard time paying for hardware they can’t even use. So I think it is likely Apple will have at least something we can do with that drive… Here is what I think is happening with the Apple TV hard drive. I think sometime this summer Apple will ship a firmware upgrade for the Apple TV and it will suddenly gain an important new capability.”
Much more in the full article here.
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