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.