Walter Isaacson held back some details about the Apple TV from the biography he wrote about the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs. In an interview that lasted more than two hours with TV Cultura’s Roda Viva in Brazil, Mr. Isaacson said that he was protecting Apple’s interests by not including more information about what Apple and Steve Jobs were working on when it came to an Apple television set.
Rumors are pointing to the introduction of a new Apple TV model this week along with the iPad 3. Rumors also claim Apple is planning on eventually unveiling its own television. Mac OS Ken’s Ken Ray isn’t buying into an Apple television, but he does have some ideas on how Apple could get there.
Shares in Apple, Inc. could hit US$1,000 per share, according to company cofounder Steve Wozniak. The noted engineer—who is not noted as a stock analyst—said in an interview with CNBC that he believes a product like Apple TV could give Apple plenty of room to grow.
As rumors and speculation about an Apple television set continue to heat up, Toronto-based Globe and Mail reported that Apple is talking to Canadian carriers Rogers and Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) about being Canadian launch partners for such a product. Citing unnamed sources, the newspaper went so far as to say that both carriers had prototypes in their labs.
The MacCast’s Adam Christianson clued us in to a possible bug with second generation Apple TVs: It appears that ad-hoc networks created by a Mac cannot be seen or connected to on some Apple TVs. We did our own internal testing and arrived at inconclusive results with some Apple TVs functioning normally and others consistently unable to connect to the network.
Apple was issued a new patent on Tuesday by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office that appears to cover a method for organizing episodic TV content, displaying information about that content based on metadata, and then using that metadata to provide sorting options for the user. Bryan Chaffin breaks it down for us.
With CES just around the corner, HDTVs will no doubt be prominently on display. But with the market for HDTVs maturing and prices continuing to fall, what will be the next big thing to generate some excitement, and sales, in the industry? Retrevo.com thinks it will be “smart” TVs, which might put Apple in a unique position to compete in the market.
Roku announced on Wednesday the Roku Streaming Stick, a settop box the size of a USB flash drive rather than, say, a settop box. The device includes WiFi, a processor, memory, and the software necessary to deliver Internet streaming content to your TV without another box, without cables, and without the need for external power.
Apple should enter the TV business, Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu told clients on Wednesday. The analyst said that not only do all the usual signs point to Apple working on a TV, it’s the only major consumer “end market” in which Apple doesn’t have a major presence. At the same time, however, he argued that it’s the content that is key, and that content offers the company the opportunity to be disruptive.
The Deal Brothers noted that Amazon.com has dropped its price on the Apple TV (2010) to $94.99. This is a new unit, not a refurb. Shipping is free.
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