Rumors suggest Apple TV is far from dead and that the Mac maker is busy working on a second generation system. It will be radically different from the previous set top box, featuring architecture identical to the iPhone 4.
That includes the iPhone OS, 16GB of flash storage and an A4 CPU, but it will be able to stream full 1080p HD and access cloud-based storage. Engadget claims a source close Apple confirmed the rumor, and the launch price for what Engadget called an “iPhone without a screen” will be $100. It will also feature only two ports, a TV out (presumably HDMI) and a power socket. That would make Apple TV completely wireless.
What does this mean? Well, with Google TV announced last week, the platform wars may expand from the mobile space to the living room. Also, if true, Apple will certainly look to develop TV-friendly apps, just as Google claimed developers could do for Google TV.
But a wireless device streaming 1080p content? Seems far-fetched to me given bandwidth restraints. Also, is content streaming going to be limited to iTunes? Will there be a Netflix app or a Hulu app? How about iPhone integration, let’s say an app that allows users to stream content from that Apple TV device to their iPhone, ala Slingbox?
I suppose we’ll find out when the service is unveiled, if ever.