Apple TV May Double as Gaming Hub

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Date: Tuesday, March 6th, 2007, 15:12
Category: Rumor

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Apple may have disclosed more than it meant to with yesterday’s release of iTunes 7.1. The update, which included support for the company’s much-anticipated Apple TV, due to ship around the middle of this month.
The updated version of iTunes will offer as a communications point between the computer and the Apple TV unit and synch content such as movies, videos, podcasts and photos to the Apple TV as well as use the the Apple TV as an external hard drive, as mentioned on AppleInsider.
A hidden string file in the updated iTunes may have tipped Apple’s hand. User prompt messages within the program such as “Are you sure you want to sync games? All existing games on the Apple TV,” and “Some of the games in your iTunes library were not copied to the Apple TV […] because they cannot be played on this Apple TV.” show a potential future for the Apple TV to be used as a gaming device.
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appletvlogo.jpg
Apple may have disclosed more than it meant to with yesterday’s release of iTunes 7.1. The update, which included support for the company’s much-anticipated Apple TV, due to ship around the middle of this month.
The updated version of iTunes will offer as a communications point between the computer and the Apple TV unit and synch content such as movies, videos, podcasts and photos to the Apple TV as well as use the the Apple TV as an external hard drive, as mentioned on AppleInsider.
A hidden string file in the updated iTunes may have tipped Apple’s hand. User prompt messages within the program such as “Are you sure you want to sync games? All existing games on the Apple TV,” and “Some of the games in your iTunes library were not copied to the Apple TV […] because they cannot be played on this Apple TV.” show a potential future for the Apple TV to be used as a gaming device.
Other prompts within iTunes 7.1 offer suggestions for operations such as removing games, preventing unauthorized games from synching and warning the user as to when the Apple TV’s hard drive has run out of space and is thus unable to save additional games.
While the findings don’t serve as an official endorsement of this capability, the discovery comes on the heels of recent hints dropped by Apple and its partners including PopCap Games’ Greg Canessa mentioning that PopCap was in the process of converting the company’s franchises and games for alternate platforms, including the Apple TV.
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