Apple TV Would Offer iPad-Style Interface: Report
Apple could be moving to an iPad-like interface for their rumored set-top TV device, as well as social media connectivity.While most of the tech media's attention is focused on the impending, if yet unconfirmed, release date of the latest version of Apple's iPhone smartphone, rumors are also swirling that Apple is developing a new set-top box for watching television that would use an interface similar to the one found on the iPad, according to an Aug. 17 report in The Wall Street Journal. According to the report, the device would feature a digital-video recorder that would save programs in the cloud, as well as a feature that would allow consumers to catch a live airing from the start if they tune in after the program has begun. In addition, Apple would include social media connectivity and the ability to share content across Apple devices, according to the report's unnamed sources who said they had been briefed on Apple's plans.
"Apple also has approached entertainment companies, which own television content, with an outline of what it wants the new device to do, distributing, in at least one case, a document outlining its capabilities, one of the people said," the article stated. Apple also may negotiate directly with media companies over other features, such as new ways of offering past seasons of shows it already has some rights to through iTunes."