We’ve heard through the grapevine that Apple is considering releasing the Apple TV software as a separate box / download purchase.

Take any Mac, install the Apple TV software on it, deploy the appropriate video adapter, and “Boom!” – you have an Apple TV.

We heard a range of prices: Free – US$99. We’ve also heard that the release may be limited to Macs with Mini DisplayPorts.

Our grapevine also says to prepare for the Apple TV to be opened up to a special gaming section of the App Store, where multiplayers can use their iPhones and iPod touches as controllers.

MacDailyNews Note: This is a rumor from an anonymous source, so take it with a truckload of salt.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple TV would get a lot more use and sell a lot more units if it offered more content (especially for rent). This isn’t necessarily Apple’s fault (Hollywood), but, regardless of who’s at fault, dearth of content is the main issue remaining with Apple TV. Need more input, Stephanie.