iMore show 387: New Apple TV dreaming

Mark Gurman of 9to5Mac joins Rene and Peter to talk Facebook Paper, Lenovo buying Motorola and what it means for Apple, iPhone 6 and Apple TV rumors, and Q&A!

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Rene Ritchie

Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.

  • I hope these Apple TV rumours are correct. The living room is such an obvious market to conquer, and it feels as if the services required to do this are now available, as is the network infrastructure. I cut the cable a while back and now watch TV exclusively through streaming services. We're well served here in the UK with the BBC's ubiquitous iPlayer service, as well as Amazon's LoveFilm movie service, and other smaller players like Netflix, Now TV, MUBI, 4OD, and CrunchyRoll. There's very little now which can't be seen via streaming, and none of them require a cable/sat contract. Availability of these services is still patchy though, with the painfully slow and antiquated Xbox 360 offering the best line-up, with the PS3 just behind it. A games console is overkill though for something so simple. An ATV with an open app store (a crucial part of the puzzle as the current ATV offers next to nothing in the UK), an Xbox style universal search with recommendations and favourite series bookmarks/pins (with notifications), and Siri to power it all... It could be an essential device. The gaming stuff I'm less interested in, as I have a PS3 and PS4, but I guess some may want to play their iPad games on the big screen with a proper controller.
  • Does it really need an open app store, though? How many apps really work well on a 10-foot UI? Games, entertainment channels, absolutely. Does it need a twitter app?
  • I guess the point of an open App Store, is that you can be pleasantly surprised by what is created. "Let a thousand flowers bloom", as is often said. Many won't work, but many will. I like to be surprised.
  • Really nice chat all. Sorry I missed the live cast.
    An updated Apple TV sounds really good to me. I must say that I've been surprised that the Apple TV runs on a version of iOS, yet has always remained constrained and has never been integrated with more complete interoperability with iOS mobile devices. When I'm at home, I want to use the expanse of my TV screen to stay apprised of weather and calendar events and notes and reminders as well as listen to music or even watch/listen to podcasts while I work. Using the Apple TV for these tasks could seriously free up some of the resources that I'm forcing my poor, aged iMac to contend with on top of the demanding apps I'm using.