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Tech Predictions for 2012

by Dave Loft

Tech Predictions for 2012

Apple

  • The iPad 3 will be released in Q2. The big upgrade will be the display with an increase in resolution to 2048 x 1536 and be called the Retina display. It will launch with Apple’s new A6 chip and upgraded to 1GB of RAM. The front and rear cameras will also be upgraded.
  • The iPhone 6, yes I said 6, the iPhone 4s is the 5th gen iPhone, so it makes no sense to call the 6th gen phone 5. The iPhone 6 will launch in Q3 and have the same internal specs as the iPad 3. The glass back will be replaced with an aluminum back like the iPad. The iPhone will be thinner, but won’t have a bigger display because if they make it bigger, it won’t technically be a Retina display. It will also not have LTE as the chips still won’t be power efficient enough, the carriers won’t have complete coverage in the US or Canada and because many international carriers have not even started building LTE.
  • iOS 6 will launch with the release of the iPhone 6 and will bring a full release of Siri which will be compatible with all devices that can run the latest OS.
  • Apple TV will get new hardware in 2012 that supports 1080p and will launch with iOS 6, letting users download apps, play games and control their TV with Siri.

Google

  • Android is number one worldwide and in the US, but in Canada it’s only number 3. By the end of Q3, Android will be number one in Canada .
  • Google will launch a Nexus tablet in Q2 during the Google IO conference. It will run an updated version of Android, no not Jelly Bean, just an incremental update to Ice Cream Sandwich. It will have a 10.1″ 1080p or higher display, with 2GB RAM, 32GB ROM and a Quad Core Processor.
  • Unlike what many people think, Google will keep Motorola’s hardware business. They will let Motorola do their thing and design phones like they have been doing. But that’s all Motorola will be doing. Google will do the software and keep Motorola devices running stock Android. As a result Motorola devices will likely get updates quicker, just like the Nexus devices. Hopefully as a result, Motorola’s competitors will be forced to improve.
  • Google will acquire the 4th major label in 2012 and will continue to expand their music offering. In Q4 Google will launch a subscription service giving users access to Google’s entire catalogue for a monthly fee.
  • Google will also launch a news stand on the Android Market with Magazines and Newspapers.
  • Google+ will still not come close to competing with Facebook, but it will continue to grow steadily due mainly to the popularity of Android.
  • In Q4 of 2012 Google will launch a new Nexus device running the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean. It will be built by Samsung and based off of the Galaxy S III. It will have the same resolution of the Galaxy Nexus, but the display will be upgraded to the Super AMOLED Plus with a full RGB layout. The internal specs will be similar to the Nexus tablet released by Google in Q2 of 2012.
  • Android tablets will be the sleeper hit of the year. No one single tablet will match the sales of the iPad. But ever increasing number of tablets, running Ice Cream Sandwich in all shapes and prices from $100 and up will eat at Apples lead. By the end of the year Android will be close to surpassing iOS on tablets.
  • And before the end of 2012, Google will release Chrome for Android.

Microsoft

  • Microsoft will increase spending on advertising Windows Phone in 2012. Combine that with the help of Nokia’s latest and greatest smartphones and Microsoft will start increasing their market share. By the end of the year they still won’t be close to Google or Apple, but the downward trend will be over and they will have some momentum going into 2013.
  • Windows Phone 7 will have 150,000 apps by the end of 2012.
  • By the end of 2012 Microsoft will be circling RIM and looking for an opportunity to expand, either through partnership or out right purchase.
  • The much anticipated Windows 8 tablets will be meet with poor reviews. The tablets will either have little to no software natively built for it and the full windows apps won’t run well on mobile hardware if at all.

Amazon

  • Amazon will release a true iPad competitor, it will be a 10″ tablet built on Ice Cream Sandwich, but modified as heavily as the 7″ Kindle Fire. It will be built with a more powerful quad core architecture.
  • Amazon will have one of the best selling Android devices, I say one of and not the best because as of right now it’s only a US product as the ecosystem isn’t fully available in any other country. In the US, Amazon will only be second to only one tablet, the iPad.
  • Amazon’s success will bring more developers to Android. Because if your going to build for the Kindle Fire, you might as well increase the market availability and release it on the Android Market.

Check out my Tech Predictions for 2011 which I wrote 1 year ago today. Here’s hoping I do as well 2012 as I did with 2011.

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Guerrilla Bob is well dressed but doesn’t have anything to say

by Dave Loft

I’ve had Guerrilla Bob for about a month and while it’s easily one of the most polished games on the Android market, it just doesn’t posses the longevity to keep me interested. Now to be fair, that would describe most mobile phone games and is exactly why they’re typically priced below $5. I guess I’m just looking for a console experience on a phone and one I know can be done.

I love the graphics in the game and the visual style reminds me of TF2. The textures are clean, beautifully put together and they’re not very detailed. But it works within the style of the game. To go with the smooth graphics is an equally smooth framerate that makes Guerrilla Bob a joy to play.

Cross compatibility is a big part of the marketing behind Guerrilla Bob and is one feature few games have offered. It is unfortunately only local multiplayer and the lacks the essential online multiplayer required to keep me playing the game.

Controls are plentiful with options to auto-aim and multiple dual stick configurations to choose from. If your new to dual stick games, or just want a simpler experience on your mobile, auto-aim is a great place to start. Once you get good at the game you can set the difficulty to hard or just turn off auto-aim.

The game offers ten guns and four characters to choose from, but with only one to start the game. You will unlock more as you play and getting all the guns can take quite a while.

The game offers a few ways to play; arcade, survival and mercenary. Arcade and mercenary are the same game but it changes how weapons are unlocked. In arcade you need to find new weapons hidden throughout the level. While in mercenary mode, you make money by taking out enemies to spend on your weapon of choice. With these two modes your goal is to move to the end of the level and your only job is to shoot. Survivor is the same gameplay in an arena and your scored based on how long you can survive.

What you soon realize is that all of the options available are pretty much the same. I feel if your gonna do just a shooting game, your gonna need more than ten guns. If you want to make your game more than just a shooting game some extra gameplay elements would go a long way. Just steeling ideas from your standard fps will do wonders. Vehicles, mele combat, stealth, cover, defend here, attack this, find the key, disguise as an enemy, something, anything. It just won’t stand as long without another leg to use.

To be fair. this really is me just wanting more complexity from mobile games and that’s something many people don’t care for. Taking into consideration what type of game Angry Mob was aiming to create with Guerrilla Bob, they have definitely nailed the mechanics of the game. It’s when you compare Guerrilla Bob to other shooters available on the Android Market that it becomes a more compelling product. It may have nothing on games like Modern Combat, but it’s really not trying to either.

Guerrilla Bob is the shooter built for a touch screen phone and one that’s accessible to the masses. This is the style of shooter that will have the most success on mobile devices and Angry Mob has built the best of it’s kind. Hopefully they can take that success and return with a squeal that raises the bar well above the the competition, rather than just over.

Score: 8.0

Android Market Link: Guerrilla Bob
Official Website: angrymobgames.com

Stellar Escape on Android

by Dave Loft

I’m really impressed with the quality of Stellar Escape and the entertainment I’ve squeezed from this simple yet brilliantly executed game. Stellar Escape is a very straight forward game, literally. Your character always runs forward and you simply have to hit the right button to jump over or under the obstacles. But make three mistakes and your dead.

The graphics and animation are beautiful and the controls couldn’t be better. On the left you have two buttons, the top one grabs the bar above you and bottom one is for jumping down the tubes. On the right you have three buttons, jump over, dive between and slide under obstacles. The buttons icon clearly illustrates with what each does and was never a hindrance to my progression. See image below.

The game doesn’t have too much story and you won’t even be presented with one if you just choose ‘Play’ from the menu. But if you want the story, you can choose it by selecting ‘Story’ from the main menu. The story is presented with six still images with the story written on each page. You play Elliot Black who is ‘a courier in the infamous Beta Sector’. Upon delivering a package to Lord Gulasch, Elliott finds his evil plan to destroy Earth. Elliot is quick to act and grabbed the jewel from the package and begins running for his ship. The jewel was the last piece in Lord Gulasch’s super laser and taking it made Elliott ‘the most wanted person in the galaxy’.


Some may find the game too short with only 9 levels, something a better player than I could finish in an hour. But for anyone who does finish the game it provides an endless mode allowing you to push for a new high distance score. So at least there is something to do, even after you made it back to your ship. Some more levels and variation would definitely have made Stellar Escape just about the perfect game. But considering the quality of the game and a price tag of less than $1.50, there should be no hesitation in buying this game. *Update* Less than a week old and Orange Agenda has already released a major update with 6 more levels. Bringing the total level count up to 15. I don’t think anyone can argue the game is too short anymore.

I’m really pleased with Orange Agenda’s decision to release this game on both the iOS and Android platform at the same time. What makes it even more impressive is the fact that Orange Agenda is comprised of just two developers. I strongly recommend to anyone with an iOS or Android device to go out and buy this truly stellar game. You will not be disappointed with Stellar Escape.

Score: 9.0

Android Market Link: Stellar Escape
Official Website: orangeagenda.com

Apple’s iPad 2 event

by Dave Loft

Nothing surprising with the release of the iPad 2 as far as specs are concerned. They are just as I predicted at the beginning of January in my Tech Predictions for 2011. It has a A5 Dual Core with an improved GPU, front and rear cameras, it’s slimmer and lighter. The front facing camera is VGA and rear camera shoots 720P video, surprisingly no 1080p. The display is the same size, same resolution and same old school 4:3 aspect ratio. No mention of RAM, but I would be very surprised if it hasn’t been upgraded from the original iPad’s 256MB. Storage and pricing stays exactly the same as the previous iPad.

The only thing surprising is how quickly it will be available, March 11th in the US and March 25th in Canada and elsewhere. Before todays announcement there were plenty of reports and rumors of supply constraints and a possible delay in the release of the iPad 2.

Apple demonstrated a couple new apps for the iPad, Garage Band and iMovie. Each of which will cost $5 and show Apple wants people to view the iPad as more than a content consumption device. The iPad 2 will come with iOS 4.3, a slight refresh of iOS 4 to support the new capabilities of the iPad 2. Unfortunately no iOS 5, no widgets, no improvement to notifications and no additional multi-touch gestures.

As it is, the out of box experience on a Honeycomb Android tablet is far better. First you don’t need to plug it into a real computer and sync it to iTunes before you can use it. Second the OS feels more full featured with desktop like elements. Which is ultimately the way tablets will be heading, with or without the iPad.

The big differentiation for Apple is their app ecosystem, I have mentioned this before in my State of the Tablet article from last week. Apple currently has 65,000 tablet optimized apps compared to Google’s just launched last week Honeycomb OS which has less than 100 tablet optimized apps. Steve Jobs poked fun at the lack of competition a few times during the press event and called all of them imitators. But I do remember Google and Motorola releasing a device last week with a dual core CPU, dual cameras and built it movie editing software. So I could see them saying the same thing.

If your looking for the best option right now and not worried about where things are going the iPad currently offers the most complete package. But looking forward Android will likely be a very strong competitor and like the phone, will most likely capture a majority in the tablet category. HP, RIM and Microsoft certainly have their work cut out for them as Apple is now on version 2 and they have yet to release version 1.

As for me, I’m still on a wait and see when it comes to tablets and I’m looking forward to improved pricing in the tablet space due to all the competition hitting the market this year. Android will have quad core tablets by the fall of 2011. So if your looking for a great deal, a first gen Honeycomb tablet with a dual core CPU should be significantly cheaper by then. In 2010 smartphones took over every tech sites focus and 2011 looks to be the year of the tablet.

The state of the tablet

by Dave Loft

Tablets were as inevitable as paper but it wasn’t till 2010 that we had the hardware fast enough to run the software well and small enough to fit in the thin form factor. Apple has had impeccable timing and implementation when it came to the iPod, iPhone and iPad. In 2010, tablets were dominated by Apple in a market caught off guard by the low price and prediction breaking sales numbers of the iPad. The only viable competitor wasn’t even a direct competitor when you step back and look at them.

The iPad is the same size as a small laptop and allowed users and developers to think big when it came to apps.  Apples goal is to put iPads in every consumers hands and leave the Macbook Pro’s for the content creators. The fact is the vast majority of people using a laptop today do very little with it. Why lug around a much heavier laptop with it’s short battery life just to email and browse the web when you can get a tablet with 1/4 the weight and 4 times the battery life.

On the left is the Apple iPad, on the right is the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Tablets are to scale.

The difference between the Galaxy Tab’s 7″ display compared to the iPad’s 9.7″ is much more pronounced in picture then in print. But that smaller size lends itself much more on the go usage. You can easily carry the Galaxy Tab in your purse or jacket pocket and that 7″ display in portrait makes for some excellent thumb typing. The device also makes a much better reading device with a display closer in size to a paperback book and the weight nearly half that of the iPad. The issue with the Galaxy Tab is it does not replace your laptop and as such has kept this device a niche product.

Apple’s to Android’s

The first major step for Android towards a better tablet future was the announcement of Honeycomb. Honeycomb is a version of Android optimized specifically for tablets. Honeycomb brings desktop OS elements in to Android and actually takes advantage of the extra screen real estate. Just taking the same UI of the phone and streching it to the size of a tablet as the iPad has done won’t cut it going forward.

While the main UI is important, optimized apps is even more crucial to success. This is the area where Apple is currently very strong. The apps on the iPad are what make it a great device. Android developers will have some catching up to do once the first Honeycomb devices hit. Thankfully Google has implemented an easy was for developers to make a single app and have it work well on phones and tablets. This should allow for rapid deployment of tablet optimized apps.

Just how quickly Android Tablet apps are made available will determine if Android will take over tablets by the end of 2011 or if it will take till 2012. Either way it’s inevitable that Android will overtake Apple in the tablet space, just as they did with smartphones. I know there are many people who are skeptical, but not many people thought Android could overtake Apple in the smartphone space when they launched their first phone just a little over two years ago.

Android tablets look to follow the Android smartphone approach with more powerful devices, different sizes and configurations from multiple manufacturers. So far there have been four big tablet announcements for Android this year.

Clockwise from top left; Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, LG Optimus One and HTC Flyer.
Click on the image to get a closer look. Tablets are to scale.

Looking at this lineup and you can see Nvidia has done a great job getting their dual core chips in the majority of devices. But I think the main reason for this is availability as Texas Instruments, Qualcomm and Samsung do not have their dual core ready in the quantities required for this launch.

Stock Android is one of the thing that many will champion about these new Honeycomb Android devices. I’m sorry to disappointed everyone but it has nothing to do with any Google implemented policy or the manufacturers preference to release a stock device. It simple has to do with the fact that they have the hardware ready and are waiting on Google to finish Honeycomb.  I suspect that almost all Honeycomb devices released after the first half of 2011 will have their customizations back in effect.

I have no issue with manufacturers trying to customize their device. HTC has done a great job on their phones. I much prefer the optimized apps on my Galaxy S to the stock camera app, music player and  lame video playback capability of stock Android. If you just don’t like the basic user interface, Launcher Pro and ADW Launcher do a great job of replicating stock Android while also providing more customization. Love it or hate it, tablets will find themselves in much the same situation.

Now some might say that customization is the reason in the delay of phone updates. I have heard it used as the reason why Samsung hasn’t updated all of their Galaxy S devices yet. But that’s an American point of view and in Canada, all Galaxy S devices have been updated and their running the same customization. I think the main reason updates take so long is the shear number of devices and the magnitude of configuration options on these devices.

But as I see it, having the latest OS is not as critical as some make it out to be. As long you have 2.2 you will be guaranteed to have the latest Google apps and support of almost every application. It’s also worth noting that even though the HTC Flyer and the original Samsung Galaxy Tab do not run Honeycomb, there is no reason tablet optimized apps won’t run on them. Much of the added functionality that the Honeycomb SDK brings carry over to older devices. An app that takes advantage of  Honeycomb’s fragments that allows the same app to work on your phone and tablet will work with devices as far back as 1.6.

Bloggers and tech reporters really exaggerate the ‘fragmentation’ issue. Typically today they get half a dozen new Android devices to review every month. I can understand their frustration as each one offers a different UI and button configuration and just as they get used to one, they get another device to review and get used to. But for the rest of us who get a device and use it for 6 to 24 months, it really doesn’t matter. I went from the Nexus One to a Galaxy S, a stock Android UI to Samsung’s TouchWiz. Yet even though the UI is different all my apps still run just the same. It is after all the apps that make a smartphone and this is the key to Android. The Android Market allows a developer to reach multiple devices from a single ecosystem. It was the key to Android taking the smartphone market and it will happen all over again with tablets.

The HP RIM Shot

There are two other players in the tablet space I have yet to talk about. RIM who is currently in a downward spiral with sales of their smartphone and are in desperate need of a refresh. Rim has chosen QNX as their platform of choice going forward, but so far it only appears to be coming to tablets.

On the left is the Blackberry Playbook and on the right is the HP TouchPad. Tablets are to scale.

Hp bought Palm in 2010 and are using that acquisition to offer a complete package like RIM and Apple they will completely control their mobile platform, from hardware to software. I’m not sure the strategy will work so well for RIM or HP as they lack Apple’s finesse in vertical integration.

As mentioned before Apple’s success in the tablet space is mainly due to their developers. Developers who were already familiar with iOS were easily able to create apps to take advantage of the larger screen device. Web OS does not have the same developer support and have already been passed by Windows Phone 7 in number of apps. RIM will be in worse shape as they are using an all new platform for their tablet. As it stands it’s very unlikely RIM or HP will have an app ecosystem that can compete with Google, let alone Apple.

For RIM to succeed they will need to convince Businesses to get Playbook’s in their employee’s hands. For HP to succeed they will need to use their strong ties in the retail space to drive the TouchPad home. If they don’t succeed in getting these devices in customers hands they won’t have a chance at convincing developers to make applications and without applications their tablets are dead in the water.

Tech Predictions for 2011

Apple

  • iPhone 4 will be refreshed with a new qualcomm chip that not only supports AT&T but also Verizon’s CDMA network. This will be announced during CES, but not at CES.
  • iPad 2 will come out in second quarter of 2011 with the addition of a camera and a slightly smaller, slightly lighter body. It will only be available in 9.7″ and will not see a resolution increase or storage increase. The processor will move to dual core, the GPU will improve and the RAM will double from 256MB to 512MB.
  • iPhone 5 will launch in the summer and will move to the same dual core CPU and new GPU as used in the second gen iPad. Form-factor, display, Ram and storage will stay the same.
  • A new iPod Touch will launch in September of 2011 and will come with the same optics as found in the latest iPhone. The base model will have the single core CPU while the two high end models will get the dual core CPU.
  • The iPod Nano will stay much the same but will add Bluetooth audio and Apple will sell watchband accessories for it.
  • The iPod Classic will not be mentioned and will be fazed out by the end of 2011.

Google

  • Google will officially announce HoneyComb at CES with the release of the Motorola Xoom tablet. The tablet will become available in March\April and will not just be a big screen Android phone.
  • Shortly after the launch of HoneyComb, Google will launch a web based Android Market allowing users to easily browse their apps and install them from their desktop OS.
  • Google will launch a music service to compete with iTunes in late summer, just before Apple’s yearly iTunes announcement.
  • Google will launch another Nexus phone built by HTC in the second half of 2011. It will have a qHD display and a dual core processor.
  • Android is already the best selling OS in the US and by the end of the second quarter of 2011 Android will have the largest install base of any smartphone OS.

Microsoft

  • Windows Phone 7 will get two major updates in 2011. They will add cut ‘n’ paste and multi-tasking.
  • Windows Phone 7 will have 50,000 apps by the end of 2011 and will be far ahead of the competition. Except for Android and iOS of course.
  • Microsoft will delay Windows 8 to 2012.
  • Thanks to Windows Phone 7 Xbox Live integration and the popularity of Kinect, the Xbox 360 will have it’s best year yet.

Apple Music Event Sep 1st 2010

Stats – Apple Store in 10 countries with as much as 1 million visitors a day. There are now 120 million iOS devices and 230,000 new iOS activations per day. The App Store has 250,000 iOS apps and 25,000 for the iPad. 200 apps downloaded every second.

iPod Shuffle – Much improved over last generation, physical controls are back with all the voice capability of the last generation model. You get 15 hours of music playback for $59 with 2GB. Personally I would get the SanDisk Sansa Clip with 8GB for that price and you even get a screen but I’m no Apple lover.

iPod Nano – Smaller square design, no physical buttons on the face, multi-touch display with a clip on the back so you can wear it. No more camera capability, it never really made sense to add it to the last generation but if you liked it, too bad it’s gone. Also gone is video playback, I guess they really want you to spend that extra $80 and just get an iPod Touch. That way you can give them even more money with the addition of apps and games. You can see 4 buttons on a screen at one time and you can rearrange the icons as you see fit. No physical control means you must be looking at the device to use it. The commercial showed it clipped to your clothing while using it which would be pretty hard to do with a touch screen. It’s small and pretty but I don’t see it selling near as well as the iPod Touch, which has a funny name considering that the Nano now does touch but I digress. You get 24 hours of music playback for $159 with 8GB and $189 with 16GB. I still can’t believe they haven’t added Bluetooth stereo support, I can’t go back to wires. For that price it should really have that capability. I think the old Nano is a more compelling product but at this time I don’t see any reason investing almost $200 in a music only player. If you like Apple, get the Nano or go all out and get the iPod Touch which offers so much more.

iPod Touch – It’s just what everyone expected, an iPhone 4 without the phone. Finally it has a camera on the front and back for FaceTime and HD Recording. The very high res retina display, Apple A4 processor and Gyroscope for more precise control. It brings Face Time calling to those who don’t want a contract and a monthly fee. You get 40 hours of music playback for $249 with 8GB, $319 with 32GB and $429 with 64GB.

iPod Classic – No mention of it at the event but I have confirmation that it will still be available and nothing has changed. I thought this was going to bend of the iPod Classic but alas it’s still alive and kicking for at least another year. You get 36 hours of music playback for $279 with 160GB. I suspect we will see a 128GB iPod Touch next year and the Classic will be put to pasture.

iOS 4.1 – Will be available next week for iPhone 3, 3GS and 4. Many bug fixes and performance improvements especially to iPhone 3. A new addition to the camera app is the ability to take High Dynamic Range photos. It takes 3 photos at once at different exposures and combines them into one image. It brings out detail in overblown areas of the photo as well as in the shadows. A great addition if it actually works as well as it demoed. Game Centre finally makes an appearance. It creates a social gaming network, allowing you to add your friends and see what they are playing and what achievements they recently acquired. It allows you to invite a friend into a multiplayer game and should provide a great experience as long as you don’t add to many friends and get bombarded with game invites. The notification system in iOS is so pathetic that adding more to it will probably get annoying real fast.

iOS 4.2 – Will be available in November and is geared towards the iPad and will bring all of the features the iPhone got with 4.0 and 4.1 like multi-tasking and gamer center finally to the iPad. The so called computer replacement will finally get multitasking this November.

iPad – No new iPad mentioned. Rumors were that they were going to announce a smaller iPad but I guess we will have to wait for January for that. Personally my usage scenario for a pad like device makes me want something smaller like a 7″ device. Reading for any extended amount of time can be tiring. Not to mention how ridiculous people look walking around in public using a 10″ iPad, i just don’t get it.

iTunes 10 – A slight refinement to iTunes with the addition of Ping a social network for music. A change to the icon removes the cd in the background and it ss available now.

AppleTV – It’s 1/4 the size of the original AppleTV. It uses the same processor and graphics chip used in the latest iPod Touch and iPhone 4. No built in storage, it’s just a streaming device. Built in HDMI, 100 Mb Ethernet, optical ports as well as Wi-Fi 802.11n with both 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequencies. You cannot buy any movies or TV, rental and streaming only. You can buy from iTunes on your computer and stream it to the device. It’s only $119 which some might say is amazing but considering what it has built in and what it does it’s not that special it’s just par for the course. It includes the basic Apple Remote and can be controlled by an iOS device with the remote application. HD TV rentals are $0.99 and brand new HD Movie Rentals start at $4.99 and drop over time. They never mentioned this in the press conference but it is confirmed to only do 720P so it won’t fully take advantage of your 1080p display. Apple never even bothered to mention and it and probably never will. Apple users probably won’t even know the difference and if they do will probably try to sidestep the issue with an argument about bit rate. Yeah you know the type. You can also access YouTube, Netflix, Flickr and Mobile Me content. Unfortunately this is no Google TV or Xbox competitor. It does not run iOS apps and games. It has a web browser but obviously no flash and no Hulu. Google TV with its app support and full flash capability make it a far more desirable product as far as I’m concerned but anyone living in the closed world of Apple will love the AppleTV. I guess Apple hasn’t learned anything from the success of the iPod Touch and iPhone. Gaming was a big part of that platform and could have made this platform that much more desirable. But I suppose they could just release a software update next year enabling just that capability, we shall see. If you’re looking for a basic streaming device like AppleTV but want more codec capability and app support, I recommend the WD TV or the Roku video player.

Dave Loft

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