Originally Posted by Joe hs
How exactly would iOS work on apple TV? It's a completely different category of device to iPhone, iPod Touch & iPad.
I jailbroke an early AppleTV. Its OS is basically the same structure as iOS -- OS X with features tailored to the device.
-- a single window "in your face"
-- simple UI* that does not require a kb and mouse
-- UI disappears entirely when content is presented.
* The AppleTV UI lends itself to a remote multitouch device: MagicPad, Magic Mouse variant, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad.
AppleTV could double as a game console supporting multiple remote touch devices (above) as multiplayer controls (or a single control, that is passed from player to player.
Games and other apps developed for the iPhone or iPad could run on apple TV.
The family sits around the AppleTV and:
-- updates their calendars
-- plans the weeks menu / shopping list
-- assigns chores and allowances
-- plays Scrabble, Monopoly, Risk, Clue (Hint: Miss Scarlet in the BoardRoom with the Tassle)
-- watches a movie, TV show, home videos
-- watches highlights of the kids soccer games
-- sorts and massages their photo albums
-- plays background music
-- plays Wii-like games - maybe even use the Wii controller (or similar device)
-- monitor what's going on at the front door, the pool or the baby's room
-- accept a FaceTime call from grandma
My AppleTV has no music, photos or videos stored on the device. These all reside on a [headless, kb-less, mouse-less] Mini with 2 2-TeraByte external drives. The mini serves as a media library-- streaming to the AppleTV over WiFi. The mini also acts as a ServeToMe media server that streams content over WiFi to local iPads and iPhones running StreamToMe -- kinda' an in-house NetFlix!http://projectswithlove.com/streamtome/faq.html#4
I hope that they open the AppleTV to developers with an SDK.iOS for the AppleTV makes a lot of sense.