Apple TV code hints at support for external storage, DVD players, iOS apps, FaceTime

Apple Online Store“matthew858,” posting in the MacTalk forum discusses his “Findings From Inside the new AppleTV Firmware.”

• The iOS app for the AppleTV interface seems to be called “Lowtide” and is the only app currently in this custom iOS build
• Apple TV runs iOS 4.1. According to the requirements for Lowtide iOS 4.1 GM is required
• Mobile Storage Mounter: Looks like the AppleTV might have support for mounting external storage
• Tons of property list files for different types of DVDs or DVD players
• FaceTime services are present

Full post with screenshots here.

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

40 Comments

  1. I was thinking today, is the appletv already becoming obsolete? I noticed lots of new tv’s are coming out with internet apps. These apps basically do what the appletv does. One app that seems popular is the netflix app. If I buy one of these new hdtv and it comes with a netflix app, why would I need an appletv? I know netflix isn’t all an appletv can do, but these new tv’s also can display your photos and god knows what else.

    This makes me wonder if Apple will eventually come out with its own HDTV, in case these tvs do make it obsolete

  2. I was thinking today, is the appletv already becoming obsolete? I noticed lots of new tv’s are coming out with internet apps. These apps basically do what the appletv does. One app that seems popular is the netflix app. If I buy one of these new hdtv and it comes with a netflix app, why would I need an appletv? I know netflix isn’t all an appletv can do, but these new tv’s also can display your photos and god knows what else.

    This makes me wonder if Apple will eventually come out with its own HDTV, in case these tvs do make it obsolete

  3. @ Rick:

    My cousin has a TV, DVR, and Wii… all of them provide access to NetFlix, none of them make the other obsolete.

    The AppleTV’s core feature is to get iTunes to the TV. Whether it’s your library on your computer or to directly access the store.

  4. @ Rick:

    My cousin has a TV, DVR, and Wii… all of them provide access to NetFlix, none of them make the other obsolete.

    The AppleTV’s core feature is to get iTunes to the TV. Whether it’s your library on your computer or to directly access the store.

  5. All i’m saying is paying ala carte on itunes sucks. Paying $9 per month for unlimted streaming and still getting them by mail rules.

    This holiday season, LCD HDTV prices are going to really drop and I plan on getting one with all these apps, including netflix & blockbuster. When this happens my interest in an appletv is going to drop bigtime, even though I really like it. I’ll say goodbye to redbox too

  6. All i’m saying is paying ala carte on itunes sucks. Paying $9 per month for unlimted streaming and still getting them by mail rules.

    This holiday season, LCD HDTV prices are going to really drop and I plan on getting one with all these apps, including netflix & blockbuster. When this happens my interest in an appletv is going to drop bigtime, even though I really like it. I’ll say goodbye to redbox too

  7. @ rick

    There are two parts the the Netflix equation. One is Play Instantly. The other is the DVD queue. Like many folks here, I choose to rip the DVDs for later playback. I place the video files into iTunes and I’m currently playing them via AirVideo to my iPad. The next version of iTunes will allow the same functionality, but it’s something you won’t find on built-in TV apps. At least not yet.

  8. @ rick

    There are two parts the the Netflix equation. One is Play Instantly. The other is the DVD queue. Like many folks here, I choose to rip the DVDs for later playback. I place the video files into iTunes and I’m currently playing them via AirVideo to my iPad. The next version of iTunes will allow the same functionality, but it’s something you won’t find on built-in TV apps. At least not yet.

  9. To each his own I guess… I prefer owning things I really like, because I enjoy watching or listening to them more than once. This is why I (and large percentage of the population) purchased CD’s and DVD’s. iTunes a la carte model isn’t any different.

    I don’t watch TV or have cable. I do have NetFlix though which I use to rent and stream content I probably wouldn’t buy, but am curious about seeing. That works great when you’re connected to the internet and it’s working at an optimal speed. However, today I was trying to watch a movie and it stopped several times due to the crappy, slow service.

  10. To each his own I guess… I prefer owning things I really like, because I enjoy watching or listening to them more than once. This is why I (and large percentage of the population) purchased CD’s and DVD’s. iTunes a la carte model isn’t any different.

    I don’t watch TV or have cable. I do have NetFlix though which I use to rent and stream content I probably wouldn’t buy, but am curious about seeing. That works great when you’re connected to the internet and it’s working at an optimal speed. However, today I was trying to watch a movie and it stopped several times due to the crappy, slow service.

  11. i tried to get into that whole rip, handbrake, and keep in itunes , your favorite movies. problem is I rarely watch movies more than once. If i rip all these movies, they will just sit there taking up space on hard drive.

    I also wonder if people have wasted a whole bunch of time handbraking these movies. Everything nowadays is about hi def. Isnt everyone handbraking SD movies? If its not a HD version your ripping and collecting , I say why bother. maybe I’m missing something?

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