Originally Posted by OC4Theo
Another product in the pipeline. Apple should just stick this inside an Aluminum 30" - 40" screen, then we will have a real AppleTV.
No more set top box. Give us a real TV. I gave my Sony TV away, because I have been waiting for an AppleTV.
I am not sure if anyone remembers the announced $500M? LG TV screen deal sometime last year or 2008, I think. I thought they were finally going to revamp the Apple TV project. But nothing further was reported.
I was not really as enthused that the deal was made with LB, because I did not like their phones; worst experience I had, when I was forced to be given one when my phone broke while I was on trip in Louisiana in 2007. It was dropping calls like every few minutes while I was there. It was embarrasing to those I was talking to,
The LG TV I saw in Best Buy, were cheap but they were not really at par with some of the usual Japanese or even South Korean brands.
Anyway, when Apple rushed the North Carolina facility, I thought they were finally becoming serious with their push to cloud computing, as speculated by the media at the time. Other areas where the facility may be useful for Apple, was the Maps project, especially after they bought the Maps start up company.
I use the Google satellite maps right now, as we are screening facilities and areas around California for a business project. The Bird's Eye view of Bing, I found very useful much more than the satellite view or in conjunction wi the satellite maps. I like to rotate the Bird's Eye view from Bing to get a 360 perspectives of a building. What I also found was that there were more errors in identifying the actual building sometimes when I use the Google maps vs the Bing maps.
The 360 views are useful for prelimary site plans to share with architects, they could be used to prepare concept designs before the actual site visit, especially if the person is abroad. The database for thuse images are enormous.
I hope now that every component is in place. Cloud computing is one area where Apple lags behind other companies.
I hope they go beyond the Apple TV though. This would also apply for all the Apple iPhone OS mobile computing devices -- iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, for now. These devices would be more truly portable if cloud computing comes to Apple.