According to a report in the Washington Post -- who reviewed the Apple co-founder's new biography, penned by Walter Isaacson -- Jobs wanted to take Apple TV to the next level, actually creating fully integrated Apple TV sets with "the simplest user interface you can imagine."
Jobs, who passed away on Oct. 5 at the age of 56, apparently saw the company's existing Apple TV system as the first step to breaking into the home theater market.
There has been speculation about Apple's plans to launch a line of TVs for years -- it seems like a natural progression for the company, after all -- and now, with the popularity, ease and innovative technology of their latest products like the iPad, the new iPhone and Apple TV, the idea of an Apple-branded TV set is more exciting than ever.
Just over one month after he resigned from his high-profile role as Apple's CEO back on August 24, saying he could "no longer meet duties and expectations" of the job, Jobs succumbed to his long battle with cancer today, leaving people saddened, most of them reading the news on their Mac computers or iPhones.
With iPods, iPads and iPhones as common as television sets now, Jobs' advances in technology at Apple have greatly influenced the way people watch TV, among other things, with iTunes and Apple TV continuing to grow as a source for legally downloading and watching your favorite programs, wherever you are.
In 2010, Forbes estimated Jobs' net wealth at $8.3 billion, making him the 42nd wealthiest American. Jobs is survived by his wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, and four children.
Starting in four weeks, Apple TV will be $99, $200 cheaper than its predecessor. Apple TV, of course, is a handy device you hook up to your television to wirelessly stream movies, TV, music and more.
In addition to a cheaper and smaller unit, TV show rentals will be 99 cents. Right now only Fox and ABC are participating, according to the New York Times, but Jobs said, "We think the rest of the studios will see the light and get on board with us."
A commentary from THR's Andrew Wallenstein states rather bluntly in the headline that "Apple can't kill cable."
His argument is varied and well-thought-out in several areas, from a lack of adequate company backing to fill Apple's show roster to basic economic principals that I could have understood if my college economics professor didn't make brains bleed with the power of his voice.
Then again, never-say-never. For instance, a certain entertainment newspaper once said in 1955 that rock 'n roll music would be "gone by June." Do you know which newspaper that was? Well, it was ... um, Variety, but that's beside the point.
CBS and Disney are in talks with Apple to join their latest iTunes TV project, a monthly subscription that would give viewers access to a whole range of TV shows.
Of course, none of these deals are set in stone and everything can fall apart at a moment's notice, but imagine the effects this project would have on television. Are you excited about it or does it scare you down to the very core of your being?
So what technology business does Steve Jobs have next on his "To Dominate" list? Why TV, of course. What did you think I was going to say? Toasters? Did you not read the name of this blog?
A financial analyst with the Piper Jaffray investment banking firm speculated that the company is eying at taking a stab at TV technology by releasing its own high definition television by 2011.
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Lucky for you, the Apple TV hacking community has released tools for enabling external storage. In fact, the hack is more sophisticated than that. It enables the Apple TV to boot off its internal hard drive while using an external hard drive as its primary storage drive. In other words, plug in your 750GB drive to store all the movies you can handle.
Remember to backup your unit before attempting the patch. This is certainly warranty-voiding stuff. But if you've got an Apple TV, and an intel-based Mac or Linux/Unix machine lying around to execute the script, we don't see why you wouldn't want to at least look into applying this hack.
Here's what we know about the Archos TV Plus so far:
- Includes hard drives ranging from 80Gb to 250GB
- Includes UB 2.0, WiFi, and Ethernet connections
- HDMI and RGB inputs and outputs
- Functions as a standalone PVR
And of course, you can synchronize the Archos TV Plus with Archos portable media players. It looks like the Archos TV Plus will be available for €220 - €300, or $300 to $400 U.S.
Usually I don't mention technical stuff on this blog, mostly because such things cause my brain to freeze. Seriously, I can barely operate a manual can opener without crying.
Anyway, our pals over at the Unofficial Apple Weblog and Endgadget have been covering the All Things Digital conference, and one of their reports caught my eye: the new Apple TV will include an option to watch YouTube video right on your TV screen.
The unfortunately named X-Stream is basically an LCD TV sporting 720p and 1080i support with a built in Media Center PC running Windows Vista Ultimate. There's also a 500GB hard drive and a wireless router hiding in there. No word on pricing or availability yet.
i-mate also announced the X-Stream Dock, a small box running Windows CE that connects to your TV, allowing you to stream media from your PC to your TV set, and the Momento digital picture frame sporting 802.11b/g and supporting RSS feeds (think Flickr feeds).
- Lee Goldberg has the list for TV shows and movies nominated for Edgar Awards (mystery awards).
- Oscar is making a big marketing push to get you to watch the ABC telecast next month.
- Adjab is doing a great wrapup of all the news concerning the Super Bowl commercials.
- Jennifer Aniston has work done or her nose.
- TUAW has a video demo of the new Apple TV.
- A Top Chef contestant has just quit his job at a NYC restaurant. Does that mean...?
- TVGasm has a full list of all of the premieres, specials, and finales for the rest of the winter (constantly updated).
- Grey's Anatomy's Isaiah Washington joins Michael Richards, Mel Gibson, and everyone else in apologizing and asking for "help."
- Katie Couric is going to the Super Bowl.
- Oprah Winfrey is worth a gazillion dollars.
- AppleTV is selling faster than iPods??
- Like Joel, Aaron Barnhart is filing reports from the TCA.
- Over at Adjab, I talk about the product placement on last night's episode of The Office.
- Ryan Seacrest doesn't like Angelina Jolie, but Brad is fantastic.
- Is Ana Marie Cox going to host a new Sunday morning political talk show for HBO?
- Do you want to start watching 24 but you're not sure who's who? Ken Levine has a quick guide.
- Aaron Barnhart says Apple TV will change everything.
- Jennifer Aniston: are those real or not-so-real?
- More Friends news: is Courteney Cox not wank-worthy?
- MSNBC and Fox News are having a battle of the clocks.
- Now it's Oprah vs. Barbara.
- Oh, and here's video of a local NBC anchoring falling on her ass because she's so bored with Brian Williams.
As far as MacWorld's go, this one was a little odd. Most of the keynote was devoted to the new iPhone, with no mention of iLife, iWork, Leopard or any of the computer hardware. You can get the complete rundown on the show, including all the info about the iPhone, from our pals over at TUAW. For our purposes here though, the big news is Apple TV.
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