Originally Posted by AppleInsider
"In our opinion, however, Apple TV will continue to play second fiddle to the iPod, iPhone and iPad,"
Shows how ignorant Wall Street analysts are. In my opinion, the new AppleTV and AirPlay were by far the biggest game changes announces yesterday. Let's see what Apple introduced yesterday...
- A reintroducion of the 2nd gen shuffle, admitting they made a mistake with the 3rd gen
- A crippled nano that has fewer features than the previous model with a gimmicky touch screen
- A touch that introduces nothing new relative to the already available iPhone
- A new way to consume your content by being able to stream it from your iDevice to an HDTV
- TV show rentals which make far more financial sense than Apple's previous options
Only the last two items are anything new. AirPlay makes your content portable and sharable (take your iPad to your friends house and watch your movies/TV shows on their TV). And TV rentals (along with Netflicks streaming) marks a big shift in Apple's emphasis on how people consume video content and Apple's willingness to partner with an iTunes competitor. They are putting more emphasis on getting the hardware into living rooms and not just using the hardware to sell content. That last thing has been a flaw in their previous AppleTV attempts.
Originally Posted by Newtron
Does it handle common codecs? Or is it as limited as the iPad?
Read the Tech Specs on Apple's website. Same codecs. I wish they'd at least support the standard QT codecs so I didn't have to transcode my various video files (not pirated) and also be able to play video not in iTunes (ie, access my Mac via file sharing). Another nice-to-have would be the ability to play video_ts from ripped DVDs like FrontRow can play.
Originally Posted by unscriptable
Watching movies over AirPlay is just the first step. HD gaming is the next step. Can't you see it? Tap a button to broadcast your game to a 42" big screen!
Why do you think they called it Air*Play* ?
Steve didn't announce it because no games can take advantage of it, yet. It's likely it's not quite ready, yet. There are lots of details around multi-player gaming, including screen hand-off, etc.
Not likely any time soon. I don't think any iDevice has the processing power to encode an HD video stream in realtime. Transmitting an already encoded video file is one thing, creating that stream on the fly is entirely different. Audio, sure it could be done; but not for video.
Originally Posted by matrix07
If there is audiophile-grad DAC that accept audio feed through HDMI (it's mostly USB presently) then this could be a perfect music player for audiophile. Think about it. Cool & quiet means almost non-existent jitter. Stream your lossless music from LAN, voila!
$99? What a steal!
The current AirTunes/Airport Express combo transmits lossless and does exactly what you want. Any transmitted audio is first encoded into Apple Lossless and sent to the Express. So if you start with AIFF or Apple Lossless and you connect to the Express's digital out, your stereo is receiving an exact copy of your lossless music. Obviously, if you start with an MP3 or AAC file you are limited to the quality of that encoding. The new AppleTV has a digital audio out. If Apple is still using AppleLossless for transmitting audio, you should still get the same results.