Though Apple TV’s sales have been picking up, Apple hasn’t yet released an SDK for the platform to open it to third party developers. Instead, developers have been using the iOS SDK to pair devices with the Apple TV using AirPlay, the most notable example being Real Racing.
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Hot on the heels of releasing iOS 6.1.3 for iOS devices, Apple also released an update for the Apple TV, bumping its software version to 5.1.2. The update contains a number of security related fixes as well as a redesigned Hulu experience.
A few days ago, it was revealed that the tweaked Apple TV 3 comes with an A5 chip, as opposed to the earlier expected A5X chip. The chip was considerably smaller as compared to the previous version, with the die size being reduced by a factor of 2.
Back in January, Apple quietly released the iOS 6.1 firmware for an Apple TV device with code name J33I (the code name of the third generation Apple TV is J33).
Shortly after rumors of an Apple TV media event in March were debunked, TechCrunch contributor MG Siegler, based on his own sources, claims that Apple’s lining up something TV related for this fall. While he doesn’t have any specifics as to whether this would be about Apple’s long rumored full-fledged television or an SDK, he believes that third party apps would be a vital part of the equation.
Apple has been calling the Apple TV a “hobby” ever since it was first introduced, but what if the device had much more potential beyond accessing content (TV shows, movies, music) from the iTunes Store. Its AirPlay capabilities have already shown us that beaming games off your iOS device to your TV’s large screen is a bit like console gaming, but not many games take advantage of that.
In a recent lecture at the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, Valve co-founder Gabe Newell talked about the future of console and living room gaming. Valve and Steam have brought a lot of great games to Mac and PC desktops alike and Newell would like to Steam’s reach extend into the living room with a SteamBox, but only if they can launch something before Apple steps into the fray.
If you are facing issues with the Remote app then you may want to update it as Apple has just released an update, which includes seveal improvements for stability, search results, rating songs and sorting podcasts.
We have a little more info about what the Apple TV 3,2 might be like—it will be smaller. Yep, we know that from FCC documents published today the device will be 93.78mm square (it’s 98mm now).