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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

  5. @ rick

    Older movies aren’t going to get any better looking. And I haven’t seen any newer movies I have to have in HiDef yet. At this point I personally don’t care, but then I haven’t been conned into buying a hi def TV yet. Not until prices and designs calm down and stabilize a bit, and I see any huge need for one.
    I’m not going to buy all my movies over again, in any case. I play rips and if I want to keep them I do. If not, I delete them. It’s not hard.

  6. @ rick

    Older movies aren’t going to get any better looking. And I haven’t seen any newer movies I have to have in HiDef yet. At this point I personally don’t care, but then I haven’t been conned into buying a hi def TV yet. Not until prices and designs calm down and stabilize a bit, and I see any huge need for one.
    I’m not going to buy all my movies over again, in any case. I play rips and if I want to keep them I do. If not, I delete them. It’s not hard.

  7. @rick, good points about Handbraking all that content. I don’t watch DVDs over and over. The exception is music video or concert DVDs, and for the kids, kids movies — they’ll watch the same ones over and over again.

    I think it’s quite feasible that Apple will introduce a TV at some point. There will be lots of “smart” TVs, but whether standalone or integrated, many people will want a bridge to iTunes. Right now, the aTV2 is a good way to introduce AirPlay and other Apple functions.

  8. @rick, good points about Handbraking all that content. I don’t watch DVDs over and over. The exception is music video or concert DVDs, and for the kids, kids movies — they’ll watch the same ones over and over again.

    I think it’s quite feasible that Apple will introduce a TV at some point. There will be lots of “smart” TVs, but whether standalone or integrated, many people will want a bridge to iTunes. Right now, the aTV2 is a good way to introduce AirPlay and other Apple functions.

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