RUMOR: Apple working on game console

“It never ceases to amaze how dense reporters can be. Apple hires the technical brain trust behind the XBox 360 and the conclusion is the firm are making an iphone,” Charlie Demerjian writes for The Inquirer.

MacDailyNews Note: It’s “iPhone,” Chuck. Capital “P.” Is “Technical brain trust behind the XBox 360?” anything like “Red Rings of Death merchant?” BTW, Microsoft’s former Xbox strategy boss Richard Teversham has accepted “an education-related role” at Apple in Europe which hardly sounds like he’s working closely with Steve Jobs in Palo Alto, California on Pippin II.

Demerjian continues, “Apple grabbed Bob Drebin, Raja Koduri, PA Semi, Mark Papermaster, a few games guys, and undoubtedly many others we didn’t hear of. That gives them the ATI ex-CTO, also ex-ArtX, makers of the Nintendo GPUs forever, and another ATI ‘big thinker.’ Lets just say they have the GPU side down there.”

“PA Semi has several low-power, high-performance modular PowerPC chips on the market now. They are basically SoCs, just slap in a GPU (see last paragraph) and you have – wait for it – a console,” Demerjian writes.

“There have been a lot of whispers floating around the valley regarding Apple and consoles. Take a hugely underrated Mac Mini or Apple TV, throw in a low power PPC SoC with a solid GPU, fire up itunes, and you have a console. Not only that, but one that snakes the living room out from under MS,” Demerjian writes. “If you recall, that is the very reason they developed the 360, to block Sony from owning that nexus.”

More in the full article in which Demerjian also writes, “If you can’t put the dots together on this one, you really need to have your internet licence revoked, you are too blind to surf,” here.

MacDailyNews Take: Perhaps Apple TV 3.0 will offer games? Maybe even with iPhone and iPod touch as optional controllers?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “N. N.” for the heads up.]

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