The Apple TV is certainly the least successful Apple product of the late years; sandwiched between the uber hot iPhone, the gorgeous Airbook and the sublime iPodfamily, there's not much that's going for it.
Or perhaps, that could change fairly soon? Back in November 2006, Apple filed for a patent that could possibly indicate that the iConic beautiful device manufacturer could be eyeing the lucrative gaming market.
After all, the Nintendo Wii looks like a poor Apple copycat product and GTA IV is selling by the bucket loads.
Apple is riding the wave of success right now and a gaming console or a gaming platform (ed: one based on the iPhone?) could bring in more revenues for the Apple empire.
Technically, the Apple-mote should work like Nintendo's Wiimote.
"[The] remote control system also can include optional console. Console can have controller that can perform some or all of the processing described for controller ... Console also can have one or more connectors to which accessories can be coupled."
"Accessories can include cables and/or, game cartridges, portable memory devices (e.g., memory cards, external hard drives, etc.), adapters for interfacing with another electronic device (e.g., computers, camcorders, cameras, media players, etc.), or combinations thereof."
Last month, we also questioned Apple's purchase of PA Semi, the chip shop, and we argued what would Apple do with such a processor family - too hot for the iPhone and not x86 compatible for its computer range.
The Apple TV integrates a 1GHz Intel processor with 256MB memory and a hard drive.
Earlier in February 2008, Trademork did dug out another Apple trademark application hinting at the company's comeback in the gaming sector.
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