Latest Apple TV rumors still fuzzy about the role of apps

May 7, 2012
Tech

Less than six weeks before Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, there are nearly as many rumors about a fully operational Apple TV as there are about next generation iPhones. The most recent Apple TV rumor comes via a source of Cult of Mac claiming to have seen an actual prototype of the new device. Cult of […]

Less than six weeks before Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, there are nearly as many rumors about a fully operational Apple TV as there are about next generation iPhones.

The most recent Apple TV rumor comes via a source of Cult of Mac claiming to have seen an actual prototype of the new device. Cult of Mac anticipates a larger LED-backlit Cinema Display to go along Siri, FaceTime, and AirPlay Mirroring (which is already available for the existing set-top version).

What’s missing? Any indication of an app ecosystem for developers to create titles specific to the new device. The Apple TV can have everything Cult of Mac reports, as well as deals with all the major entertainment and news content providers.

What the Apple TV will need to really differentiate from other alternatives, however, are independently-developed apps that reimagine the device in ways that Apple, Hollywood studios, and New York publishers never previously fathomed. This sure worked for the iPhone and the iPad.

In fact, there are already dozens of great app available to consume on Apple TV, thanks to AirPlay Mirroring and forward-thinking developers.

Here is our list of the best apps you can already watch on Apple TV.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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