Apple's Rumored Set-top Box is True
September 12, 2006 2:11 PM
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Arriving in Q1'07 in a home theater near you
Along with new iPods, new iTunes and online movies
, Apple today revealed that it is indeed working on a set-top box for home theater use. Currently codenamed
, the box will be roughly half the size of a Mac Mini and will include wireless video and audio streaming capabilities. Because of the new Mac Minis, making an official set-top box won't be too much of a challenge for Apple.
Apple is planning to officially release the new set-top box sometime in Q1'07. For now, Apple is working on a number of things. Users will also be pleased that the new box will feature everything neatly integrated, including the big honking power supply that accompanied the Mac Mini.
Standard high-definition video interfaces will be integrated into the
. HDMI, RCA outputs and optical connections will be available. Apple said the
will include something along the lines of wireless component video.
will feature a next-generation interface along the lines of Front Row, since the unit will now able to tune into cable TV. Although Apple demonstrated DVD-quality video today, no details were revealed on what services the
would be able to accept. CableCARD and other details were absent. Apple however demonstrated a copy of The Incredibles that was being played back at HDTV resolution -- whether or not Apple will be making HDTV downloads available in the future is unknown.
will be priced at $299 when it is released next year.
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9/12/2006 3:59:02 PM
this doesn't really offer much, and certainly nothing new. But, if they make it "stylish enough", which is what Apple does best, people will buy it anyway.
9/12/2006 5:34:26 PM
Yea!!!! now the metrosexuals have something that tech heads have had for some time now. Big deal. I guess they have to give you some way to use all of the stuff you have gotten roped into with all thier iGarbage.
9/13/2006 8:17:03 AM
For me it would be the lynch pin in my digital home solution. I have 2-3 PCs/Macs that I download content on. I take those with me, and I have them fixed in various parts of my house. Now Id like to play that content on my TV, but most Media PCs (Including the one I own) require you to sync up your content from other computers. Now imagine I dont have to move those computers, or worry about coppying files around, all I have to do is plug this device in and go. Stylish or not, the solution fits what I want to do exactly, and I doubt im the only one.
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