“Apple unveiled its new Apple TV streaming device in early September,” Dan Frommer reports for Quartz. “The biggest change: It will now feature its own app store, including games.”
“In a media presentation, Apple CEO Tim Cook said apps were the future of television, and executives provided brief demos of new video search features and some potential apps. Apple has since sent test units to software developers to get started on creating apps,” Frommer reports. “We haven’t heard much about the device since.”
“Apple has touted video streaming, music, sports and weather, gaming, and shopping as early use cases. But this is basically an internet-connected computer that’s going to be hooked up to your TV. What else can we expect? Controlling features of your home, via Apple’s HomeKit platform, seems like an obvious feature, and something Apple hasn’t talked much about yet,” Frommer reports. “Will Apple eventually create some sort of camera accessory for living-room-couch FaceTiming? Is this where we’ll shop for vacations—or food delivery?”
“The other big question is what sort of an effect the new Apple TV will have on the TV, cable, internet, advertising, news, and sports industries,” Frommer reports. “The iPhone, after all, was a bigger deal than anyone saw coming.”
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