An article in the New York Times today suggests that the Apple TV is in for a major overhaul. Michael Gartenberg, a partner with the consulting firm Altimeter Group, underscored the difficulty that manufacturers have experienced while trying to infiltrate the living room, calling television “the last disconnected device.”
Apple, Netflix, Blockbuster etc. have experienced limited success for several reasons. A large hurdle for the Apple TV is that it’s just a front for the Apple Store. People are willing to pay for content; cable bills will attest to that. But with the Apple TV, that cost is much more visible. You must pay for everything you watch as you watch it. In contrast, the cable bill goes out the door once a month and that’s that.
An iOS-based Apple TV running apps from networks, film studios, etc. seems like a great solution. The studios still get paid and control the content, Apple continues to sell apps which could be updated individually (as it is now, any change to the Apple TV requires an OS update) and streaming content would free up gigs of space for users. Finally, the unit itself could be very small with no hard drive, display or internal battery.
A huge win for everyone at Tapulous if true (neither Disney or Tapulous has confirmed). I suspect that Hannah Montana, Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez editions of Tap Tap Revenge aren’t far behind.
“Sources close to Microsoft tell us that Andy Lees has rolled Kin into the Windows Phone 7 team and has canceled the existing product’s launch later this year in Europe on news that sales weren’t as strong as expected.”
That only took a few weeks, and was a dumb idea to begin with. More of a social media vuvuzela than a phone. Here’s an idea. Re-introduce it as “Mojave” and explain to people why they’re wrong for disliking it.
For $9.99 per month, users can stream a full season’s worth of HD TV episodes, plus the rest of Hulu’s library (ad-supported ), to their iPhones (3GS and 4 only), iPads or Macs with the new app (free).
This is almost exactly the model I wished Apple would adopt a year ago at TUAW:
“If Apple charged me X amount of money per month and gave me unlimited access to their library of television and movies from any approved device, including Macs, iPhones, iPods and, of course, Apple TVs, I’d be a happy customer … Yes, I want to have my music files physically on my hard disk. But if the shows and movies I want to watch all lived on a server farm in Cupertino, that’d be fine with me.”
Good luck to Hulu; I’m eager to test this.
The folks at iFixit have compiled the insight they acquired while breaking down/re-assembling the iPhone 4 into a comprehensive (and unofficial) repair manual.
I’ve relied upon iFixit for years, and the detail in this manual is a great example of why.
Estimating Apple sales numbers requires a heavy dose of guesswork, but Oppenheimer analyst Yair Reiner has suggested that Apple sold 1.5 million iPhone 4s by June 24th.
All of the anecdotal reports I received from people across the country told the same story: huge numbers of people standing in line for hours. It looks like Gizmodo’s week of incessant free promotion worked quite well.
Really works. Only $29.99.
BoingBoing has posted a gallery of photos taken with the iPhone 4’s 5 megapixel camera. They’re impressive to say the least.