Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 09:48 AM | Posted by kazouz
New patent filings published this week reveal that Apple is planning to incorporate live television support in a future Apple TV release.
Apple’s shortcoming with the device has always been content. In January at the Macworld Expo, Steve Jobs announced Apple TV Take 2, which brought a movie rental service to the device, but still users have to pay to enjoy that content.
With the addition of live TV, Apple plans to allow users to capture that content using the hard drive much like today’s DVR.
The interface on the screen appears much like Mac OS X with a dock on the bottom and reflections under the video. Apple plans to allow users to use a “ectangular surface, a square surface, or some other shaped surface” to control the actions. “Other surface geometries that accommodate pressure sensitive areas and that can sense touch actuations may also be used, e.g., an oblong area, an octagon area, etc.”