It looks like the end of the Apple TV is becoming more and more definite as the rumors of a new TV device coming from the computer maker is picking up steam. Now Kevin Rose, co-founder of Digg, has jumped into the game, and considering his track record for rumors with this company, it’s looking more likely than ever that this device is a reality.
While it may seem odd for the founder of a social media company like Digg should be reporting on rumors relating to Apple and its products, Mr. Rose has a track record of doing so. While he doesn’t always get it right (he said the first iPhone would be on AT&T and Verizon at launch), he has incidents of like last year where he nailed the new iPod Nano.
With that in mind, this weekend he took to his blog and gave a list of things he believes we will see coming from the yet to be announced iTV device.
- iOS TV Applications: Expect to see an iPhone/Pad like marketplace for television applications. Video sharing/streaming/recording apps, interactive news apps, and of course games.
- a la carte (app) stations: With Apple’s iAds, content producers (eg. ABC/NBC/etc.) can directly monetize and distribute their content. This will eventually destroy the television side of the cable and satellite industry, as your only requirement to access these on-demand stations will be an Internet connection. Say goodbye to your monthly cable bill.
- .Me Picture/Video sharing: At $99 your parents, grandparents, and friends will have an iTV. Sharing pictures/videos from your iPhone will happen with the push of a button. Imagine getting a notification of new family videos the next time you turn on your TV. My mom will love this feature.
- The iPad will turn into one big badass remote control: The iPad will be the preferred input device for the iTV. You’ll be able to editing videos, control games, and extend the interactive television experience. Imagine watching monday night football on the TV while viewing/exploring other camera angles on the iPad.
The missing portion of the rumors was when we heard last month that the iTV would not have 1080i or 1080p support. Hopefully that rumor proves to be untrue.
With the iTV looking more and more like a reality, we should see the product announced next month at the annual iPod event.