Welll, I only scored 5/20 on my Macworld predictions. But then, I don’t think anybody anticipated that the entire keynote would be about AppleTV and the iPhone with no news about the Mac at all. What did I get right? Here’s a list…
- Airport update to 802.11n (Airport Extreme)
- Firmware update for 802.11n capable Macs (even though it’s going to cost $1.99)
- iTV got a name (AppleTV) and a release date (February)
- Another studio joined the iTunes store with full-length movies (Paramount)
I’m also going to take credit for a long-shot prediction that Apple would create a product to compete with Microsoft Home Server. The new Airport has a new Airport Disk feature that allows you to turn it into a NAS device simply by plugging in a USB drive. The lack of gigabit ethernet still bugs me though.
That leaves 15 predictions of things that I still expect to see from Apple. I hope we hear about them soon, because I’m about to buy a new Mac and I was waiting on MWSF to make up my mind. Now I’m in a holding pattern waiting for the inevitable hardware updates and a Leopard release date.
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The new teaser on Apple’s front page has me all worked up. I can’t wait to see what the message is tomorrow.
I’ve been thinking about what Jobs might have to show us at MWSF in just under two weeks now, and I’ve made my own list of features that the iTV would need to have to make it a killer product.
- Compatibility with MPEG-2, H.264 and VC-1. That includes all the variants of those codecs from video downloads on the iTunes Music Store, to personal rips, iMovie exports, etc.
- HD resolutions up to 1080p. There’s no reason not to support the best resolution possible when entering the game at this point.
- iTunes Music Store Integration. I understand that the iTV isn’t a full computer, but it would be nice to be able to preview and buy content right from the TV. If it’s to be stored on another computer in the house, then the iTV should talk to the other computer and tell it to download the content that was just purchased. It would also be nice to download it straight to the iTV and then copy to the computer later. It also needs to be treated as an authorized computer so I can play DRM protected files I purchased from the iTMS.
- iPod integration. I want to be able to plug my iPod into the iTV and have it give me a 10ft interface for my iPod content. I also want it to act as if I just docked my iPod into my computer (when it’s my own iTV) so it will sync over the network. When I’m at a friend’s house with an iTV, I want to show my home videos and play music from the iPod while it’s plugged in, like I could with an AV cable into the receiver. I don’t need to copy my music to my friend’s iTV or computer, I just want to be able to bring a photo slideshow of my kids (on my iPod) to my parents’ house and play it on their iTV without any hassle.
- Bonjour support. I want to plug the iTV into my home network and have it automatically discover my shared iTunes library and iPhoto albums. It should be a seamless out-of-box experience for Mac users. It would be ultra-cool if iTV would play nice with stand-alone TiVo’s and other Bonjour-enabled devices.
- New slideshow effects. The iTV should be able to autocreate slideshows from selected iPhoto albums and use a bunch of cool new transition effects that we haen’t seen on the iPod yet.
- New iTunes visualizations. Similarly, the iTV should have a bunch of extremely cool visualizations that we haven’t seen in iTunes yet. Make use of my HD widescreen set and blow me away with how cool it is to play music with my iTV hooked up to my surround sound receiver and HDTV. Make my friends jealous when they come over and we have music playing in the background during the party.
- Network support. I know wireless is a given, but I want draft-802.11n support now with the promise of a future upgrade to the 802.11n spec when it is finished. I guess this means I want a new Airport Express that also supports draft 802.11n. I also want gigabit ethernet.
- Mac integration. I want to be able to configure the iTV to pass along notices from my Mac (when I want) to pop-up new email notices, caller-ID from my phone line (if I have a modem on my Mac), task finished, streaming a DVD from the drive on my Mac to the iTV, and so on. Basically, I want Apple to reward me for owning both a Mac and an iTV and make me feel cool for doing so.
- Windows support. I know, I know, but for the iTV to be successful, most of these features should work with iTunes on Windows as well. Just like we saw the iPod take off when iTunes for Windows was released, we’ll see the same with the iTV if Windows users can also download movies from the iTMS and watch them on the iTV. Of course, Apple can use the cool integration features only available on the Mac as incentive for even more people to switch. Soon we’ll be talking about the iTV halo effect.
So that’s it. My wishlist for the iTV that would convince me to buy it. Did I forget anything? Tell me what you want to see in the iTV in the comments below.