“Apple is working on a new TV set. This we know,” Evan Niu writes for The Motley Fool.
“It may even arrive sooner than you think,” Niu writes. “There is talk that Apple wants to allow subscribers to customize their own channel lineups, which would be a key differentiator for viewers who are disgruntled about having to pay for bundled channel packages that include shows they’ll never watch (I’m looking at you, Discovery Communications’ TLC, and your Toddlers & Tiaras or 19 Kids and Counting).”
“The current Apple TV set-top box uses an A4 chip, and continuing to use ARM chips also opens up another important possibility: running iOS apps. By using the same chip architecture, it would be possible for Apple’s new TV to run games and apps currently available with some tweaking. Developers would need to adjust resolutions and likely change control schemes, since I doubt the new Apple TV will be a massive 32-inch or 37-inch capacitive touchscreen. But I expect a Siri-powered iPhone remote anyway, and some game developers already use AirPlay for gaming, making your iPad or iPhone the controller,” Niu writes. “The possibility to choose a customized channel lineup and play iOS games on power-efficient custom chips? Yes, please.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote last April, the app is the channel: “Content producers should get to work then on producing their own apps, as ESPN has done already for their channels… We’ll make a folder of them on our iOS devices and it’ll look and act just like the channel lineup.”
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ellis D.” for the heads up.]