“The release of the Apple TV 2.0 marked the promotion of the device upwards from its previous ‘hobby’ status. And while the update for existing models still isn’t finished, it’s never to early to look ahead at what Apple might have in store for the device in the future. One hint about future features (trying saying that 10 times fast) comes from a recent Apple patent application, which discusses widgets for a multimedia center,” Justin Berka writes for Ars Technica.
“Certain widgets could be downloaded and associated with specific types of TV programming, meaning that if you’re watching MTV, your Apple TV might offer you a way to buy music from the iTunes Store that has associated songs. Sports broadcasts could have statistics displayed in a floating widget, and there’s even the possibility of live iChat sessions being displayed on your Apple TV,” Berka writes.
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