Ah, the smell of an Apple rumour in the morning. Engadget is reporting that the famous Cupertino ‘hobby’ – the Apple TV – is to be reinvented using iPhone OS with full 1080p HD capablities. The new hardware is purportedly aimed and sucking content off the cloud – we’re hoping that includes stuff outside of the iTunes ecosystem – BBC iPayer, (Hulu in the US) etc and local streaming too. The device is said to have only 16GB of local flash storage rather than a Hard drive, but this is exactly the sort of hardware that most of us crave. Best of all the reportedly tiny size of the device is matched by a similarly diminutive price – $99! All sounds to good to be true? Let us know what you think in the comments.
“If you thought that Apple’s foray into the world of home entertainment died with the last iteration of the Apple TV, you’re quite wrong. A tip we’ve received — which has been confirmed by a source very close to Apple — details the outlook for the next version of the Apple TV, and it’s a doozy. According to our sources, this project has been in the works long before Google announced its TV solution, and it ties much more closely into Apple’s mobile offerings. The new architecture of the device will be based directly on the iPhone 4, meaning it will get the same internals, down to that A4 CPU and a limited amount of flash storage — 16GB to be exact — though it will be capable of full 1080p HD (!). The device is said to be quite small with a scarce amount of ports (only the power socket and video out), and has been described to some as “an iPhone without a screen.” Are you ready for the real shocker? According to our sources, the price-point for the device will be $99. One more time — a hundred bucks.”