Speaking of Apple, they recently announced an upgraded version of the Apple TV. The second model sports a 160GB hard drive instead of 40GB. Hm.
There has been speculation of late as to the fate of the much loved MacMini, which has not been refreshed in some time. Some of commented that the Mini may be discontinued. I would be sad to see it go, especially since I have one hooked up to a HDTV:
And that’s partly why I post. For months I’ve been using the MacMini via FrontRow exactly as the Apple TV is intended to be used – a content box, though mine has mainly music. Besides that it is also used for YouTube videos, playing DVDs (though the region coding sucks), and general internet browsing via wireless keyboard and mouse.
The question is, if the MacMini dies, can the Apple TV takeover from where it leaves off? I would say yes, it can. An increased hard drive might be the first step, but lots could be done to the Apple TV’s firmware to make it a better device. The recoding of YouTube videos away from Flash VP is also a pointer to the use of the iPhone, and the Apple TV itself.
God knows what awaits us.