You didn’t think Google would be taking the show with their tv box did you? Apparently, the new Apple TV has been in the works for a while now, and some details were leaked to Engadget. The new TV will be based on the iPhone architecture, rather than a small Mac. Consequently, it will be running a version of the iPhone OS rather than a dumbed down version of Mac OS. It’ll be smaller, and have 16gb of flash storage. The device will be able to output full 1080p as well.
And here’s a shocker, it’s only going to be $99.
It’s looking like Apple will be targeting more online content with this. Rather than just streaming your content from your computer to your TV (which I’m sure it’ll still do) it may now be able to find online content. This is hinted at by the small amount of storage on the device. With the device being based on the iPhone OS, there may even be apps for it. A photo hasn’t been released, but it’s apparently much smaller than the last TV, closer to the size of an iPhone. No interface has been shown either. In fact, it’s mostly speculation right now as to all the features this would have. Maybe WWDC will tell us more.
The only issue I can see with it would be the iPhone OS’s lack of Flash. Flash can be replaced by html5, but it’s not looking like it will be anytime soon. Many websites still require Flash for their online video, so that’s something to think about as well.