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Apple TV is slowly becoming a serious hobby for Apple

Steve Jobs used to say that Apple TV is a hobby for him. Something that he is still exploring, something there will not make him big bucks if you want to put it in a business sense. But I feel that Apple is slowly treating Apple TV  as a serious hobby, not just a hobby.

Reasons why Apple TV is a serious hobby now:

  1. Mirroring/AirPlay – iPhone and iPad has been 2 very successful product in recent years, and I think almost every house hold should at least have an iPad or iPhone. Having the ability to mirror whatever that is on your iPhone or iPad is going to be a big deal. Imagine the shows that you watch during your bus ride, or the photo you took on your way home. You can just flash it on the big screen TV you have in your living room!
  2. iTunes rental – Having the ability to rent any movie on your crouch is a very temping thing to have on your TV. You have that on your Apple TV
  3. Netflix – Although Netflix is only available in US now.
  4. Bluetooth support – Although it has yet to be announced, but having bluetooth supports, means you will be able to hook up keyboard and mouse/trackpad. You might be able to use Apple TV as a browser in future.
  5. FaceTime HD Support via iPad/iPhone – Guys over at 9to5mac and TiPb did a FaceTime and AirPlay it over to their big screen TV. How awesome is that?
  6. Price – Apple TV pricing at just USD$99 is a impulse buy product, although the features and function it has now are limited, but for just $99. You now can stream movies, rent drama series, see photo from your iPhone and continue the show you are watching on your iPad on your big screen TV. It is a must have product!

I’m very excited for the coming Apple TV generation 3, I’m sure it will support 1080p and who knows what will be install for us!


Fox news reports about Apple’s New Data Center [Video]

So is Apple really going to compete in streaming movie service? Many of us are just plain curious what is Apple planning to do which such a huge datacenter when they are really mainly selling hardwares like Macs, iPhones and iPad.

It is rumored that they want to go into movie/TV Streaming service like Netflix which are leading in US market right now. We have no idea, but a company like Apple with so much cash on hand, they can really walk in to any market right now and just dominate.

Check out the report by Fox News:


All you need to know for Apple’s Media Event 1 September

One of the most power packed media event ever for Apple in my opinion! In just 1 hour they announced not only iOS 4.1 for iPhone, iPod Touch, iOS 4.2 for iPad, new iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano, iPod Touch, iTunes 10 with Ping and AppleTV. So now can you agree with me that this is one of the most jam-packed event ever!

iOS 4.1 for iPhone, iPod Touch

Apple announced that iOS 4.1 is coming to us, with updates like High Dynamic Range Photo, improving iPhone 4’s Native Camera App, HD Videos can be upload on WiFi, Game Center,TV Show Rental and Bug Fixes like Proximity and Bluetooth, etc.

HDR addition to native iPhone/iPod Touch Camera is a pretty good addition, you will be able to see more details either from foreground or background.

Apple is going to release iOS 4.1 next week for iPhone and iPod Touch! So Stay Tuned for more information and we will inform you guys when it is ready for downloads.

iOS 4.2 for iPad

iPad will be getting all of what iPhone 4 users have been enjoying, multi-tasking and quick app switching, etc. But they will be getting more! Printing and AirPlay. iPad users can in the future do wifi printing directly from iPad, which is a lacking feature for iPad. So no more worries iPad users, you can print wirelessly from your iPad to your wifi printer.

AirPlay! So what is AirPlay? You can directly stream video, music, photos from your Mac/PC to your iPad! That’s AirPlay! What’s more Steve Jobs demo-ed that you can use AirPlay to stream Video/Music/Photos from your iPad/iPhone directly to the new AppleTV! Which is super cool!

iOS 4.2 for iPad will only be coming to users around November, sorry iPad users… you got to hang it there!

iPod Shuffle!

Apple launched a whole new series of iPods, the first of the series is iPod Shuffle. And we are getting the click-wheel back! Many users of iPod Shuffle had complain on the button-less design. It can play music for 15hours. Apple listens and now you got back what you wanted! Not much new stuff for Shuffle, it will be USD$49 for 2GB iPod Shuffle.

iPod Nano

iPod Nano have gotten a whole revamped of design and they have added multi-touch screen and is now 46% smaller and 42% lighter! It is almost like a iPod Shuffle with Screen! Honestly I feel that iPod Nano will slowly replace iPod Shuffle as they are almost as small, but you can have video content which you cannot on shuffle, plus storage size for iPod Nano is 8-16gb! iPod Nano’s battery will last you 24 hours and cost USD$149 for 8GB and USD$179 for 16GB version.

iPod Touch

Honestly, the new iPod Touch is an iPhone 4 that you cannot make calls on. That’s the only difference I can tell! So we will be getting a brand new design of iPod Touch, it will look similar to iPhone 4. Retina Display, Apple A4 Chip, 3-Axis Gyro, iOS 4.1 with Game Center, FaceTime with Front-facing Camera and HD video Recording from the camera behind!

It is amazing how Apple can squeeze such a huge function-enabled device in such a small size. So watch out, Flip, iPod Touch will be the next camcorder that everyone, every kids uses! You will be able to FaceTime not only with iPod Touch owners, you can also facetime with any iPhone 4 users! The battery life for iPod Touch is also increased to 40hours of playback! You will be able to get iPod Touch for USD$229 (8GB), USD$229 (16GB) and USD$399 (64GB), and it will be available next week!

iTunes 10

Not a ton of changes for iTunes 10, icon is changed as we don’t really use CD anymore and Apple is selling Music digitally! A new Social Network is created by Apple, called Ping! Where you can share, follow or by followed on the music, artists or concert you like or you are going to. It is everything music, you can download, preview or buy music that your friends or artist you follow shared.

iTunes 10 is available for download today! You can download iTunes 10 from Apple now!

1 More Hobby! New AppleTV

Above is all that users wanted and complained. They want Hollywood movies and TV shows, HD Content, lower prices for content, but they don’t want a computer in their living room, don’t want to manage storage, don’t want do sync and want a device that is silent, small and cool.

So Apple listens once again, and came out with the brand new AppleTV

Not only we will getting Movies, TV shows and Music, it will be in HD if available. There will no longer be any purchase, all shows will only based on Rental, meaning you never store in your AppleTV anymore. All Contents will be streamed over, no sync required. You can also view photo slideshows and the new AppleTV is very small, cool and silent.

You will be able to get rental of TV shows with just $0.99 per episode and $4.99 for First-Run Movies in HD, the same day they released for DVD.

With the new AppleTV you can not only stream movies, music or shows from Apple, You can also stream from Netflix, Flickr, YouTube and MobileMe. Additionally you can also stream from your home computer like iMac or MacbookPro! So you can stream music, movies or even photos from your computers without sync, just stream! This is a very good addition to AppleTV as we now have content all over the place!

What’s killer for AppleTV is that it now only cost you USD$99! With such a attractive price, I can see lots of people buying them and put them beside their TV. Even if they don’t buy content from Apple, streaming from Netflix, Flickr, YouTube, and even from your Mac and iPad/iPhone is the killer features!

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