toggle

AAPL Stock: 100.96 ( -0.83 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Site appeals for Jobs to open Apple TV

updated 11:15 am EDT, Mon August 13, 2007

Appeal to open Apple TV

A new open letter has been directed at Steve Jobs, calling on the Apple CEO to "open up" development for the Apple TV. The operators of Apple TV Hacks complain that while they enjoy the device's official uses, mainly watching movies and TV shows purchased through the iTunes Store, it cannot be given new software features -- such as increased file support -- without "a hack that probably makes casual users cringe at the thought of trying it out." The situation is said to be particularly frustrating in light of colossal support for the iPhone, which has its own development kits, including one which should push the number of widgets over 3,100.

The Hacks group argues that with an SDK for the Apple TV, individuals could expand the product without invalidating their warranties, and increase its overall usefulness. Some suggested features include arcade games and a custom web browser.

Jobs is also asked for a hardware development kit, which could enable a galaxy of accessories much like the iPod has through the "Made for iPod" program. Instead of skins, the Apple TV could be paired with devices such as DVD drives and AV receivers.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. zeebe

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Widgets??

    I don't own an AppleTV for 3 reasons, 1. Cost 2. No HD TV yet (I know you don't need one, but why get this until I get one) 3. No network (wired or wireless) connectivity

    When I eventually do get an AppleTV, I sure hope they allow widgets like Dashboard. This would be HUGE, I mean, you can check local news, weather, sports, all within the AppleTV domain and wouldn't have to go to your computer or switch to normal TV. So I agree, Steve, open up the AppleTV to developers, it might make it bigger then you thought.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    will kill it's appeal

    Some individuals think that being able to add 1000 features will make the product better. Like the iPod, the AppleTV is a nice product because of its simplicity. Letting 1000 developers at it will create a mish-mash of interfaces resulting in a poor experience for the customer.

    I do hope for Widgets, but I hope Apple adds the feature - so it'll be done consistently with the rest of the product.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: its appeal

    I think it would be good to have "some" stuff added, and therein lies the rub. Who says what should be added and what shouldn't be added?

    How long would it be before people were bashing Apple for not providing 8 core appleTV devices for 80 bucks because some neat-o bloatware doesn't run fast enough?

  1. lurkerdude

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: its appeal

    They don't have to open it, but if they added a few more features it'd probably be more appealing. I don't think it would be good as a completely general purpose device a la Web TV. But if they do open it, I see a pretty good market there, with people purchasing cheap games and 3rd party widgets from the iTunes store.

    I don't think deciding on what to add will be rocket science. Adding YouTube, for example, was a great idea. I know quite a few people who browse YouTube with the Wii, and who enjoys typing URL's on the Wii?

    What's not needed? They could probably do without the calculator widget. :)

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: its appeal

    Some individuals think that being able to add 1000 features will make the product better. Like the iPod, the AppleTV is a nice product because of its simplicity. Letting 1000 developers at it will create a mish-mash of interfaces resulting in a poor experience for the customer.

    Why would you have a mish-mash of interfaces? OS X defined a UI framework and developers code for it. Would it be that hard for developers to do the same thing for the AppleTV?

    And shouldn't it be up to the customer to decide whether they want add-ons that might make a 'poor experience'. The argument against it is like saying "Apple is trying to protect you from yourself!"

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    let the customer...

    decide? I understand what you are saying, but bear in mind, Microsoft is running out of license keys.

    I rest my case.

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    WTF ever !

    They are both closed systems_

    They both require hacks to do much of anything beyond out of the box functionality_

    If someone does some basic searching around the Internet - they can easily find compiled software to Mod their iPhone or iTV which ever the case may be_

    Just becuase those folks that have Zero ability to understand code want to "hack" their product - because "it's cool" -

    either learn to code or be happy with the device you purchased [which you did not have to purchase]

    or go out and build your own damned product they way you want and sell it to the public consumer as an alternative to what's out there_

    boo-hoo_

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Autodesk Smoke 2015

Since May of this year, Autodesk has been shipping the highly anticipated update to its high-end post-production video editing suite, ...

Crucial MX100 256GB SATA-3 SSD

While the price-per-gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for ...

Narrative Clip

With the advent of social media technology, people have been searching for new ways to share the events of their daily lives -- be it ...

toggle

Most Commented