As you’d expect, just asÂ iOS 6.1 drops for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, there is an Apple TV update as well. And this is a good one too because in addition to Up Next (like iTunes 11) and iTunes in the Cloud, Apple TVs now supports Bluetooth Keyboards.
When I finally bought an Apple TV late last year, beyond streaming music and videos, one of the first things I did was to fire up a few games I knew had some kind of dual screen experience. Frankly, there weren’t too many to try, and really none of them blew me away to the point where I’ve played another game through my Apple TV.
Seems like a shame, doesn’t it? Which begs the question, why aren’t there more games that take advantage of AirPlay and why aren’t the ones that are available better?
As awesome as AirPlay is, it does have that teeny weeny little flawâ€”it’s proprietary to Apple. Now, wouldn’t it be great to have something likeÂ AirPlay that could run on TVs, set-top boxes, or Internet-connected home theaters that gave the same easy discoverability andÂ even more features (like letting a TV launch an app on your phone)? That’s way the open-protocol DIAL is shooting for and they have some pretty big backers in YouTube and Netflix.
If you don’t have an Apple TV, but other connected devices like home theaters or DVD players or even game consoles, then you’ve probably come across DNLA. DLNA is the alternative to AirPlay that everyone else in the tech world usesÂ and it’s pretty frustrating that Apple devices just won’t play ball (easily) with DLNA. Qualcomm Atheros wants to change that with Skifta as free iOS app that lets your iDevice connect and stream to DLNA/UPnP devices on your network.
Lots of sites are lookingÂ backÂ at 2012 to review the year gone by, but while there is no doubt it’s been a pretty exciting year, I thought I’d start with a look at the year to come and make a few arm waving predictions about what we might see. Well, a few arm waving predictions and a good number of pretty sure bets as well.
Listings on the Apple TV iTunes Store were recently updated with a specialised section dedicated to Holiday content, which not only includes music and movies but applications and games as well. As you know, the Apple TV platform hasn’t yet been opened up to third-party developers, leading us to believe that these listings were most likely deliveredÂ to the wrong device.