Apple TV SDK Will Be Released At WWDC 2012, Allow Devs To Make TV Apps [Rumor]

Apple TV SDK Will Be Released At WWDC 2012, Allow Devs To Make TV Apps [Rumor]

Following earlier reports hinting that Apple would allow devs to start making software for the existing Apple TV as a way of paving the way for a true Apple HDTV early next year, BGR is now officially sticking their neck out, saying an Apple TV SDK is coming at WWDC, allowing devs to build Apple TV-compatible apps. This is in addition to a new control API that will allow other entertainment devices in the living room to use the same remote as the Apple Tv, and even connect through it.

BGR’s the only place claiming such a thing, so we’ll have to see, but it makes sense: if Apple wants to release a proper HDTV, they’ll need to have apps to run on it. This paves the way without tipping their hand too much.

  • Tallest_Skil

    I hope it’s not for games. It better not be for applications. It needs to be JUST for show creators.

    Individual shows. Bypass the channels entirely. Bypass the telecoms entirely.
    If I want to see Mythbusters, I should be able to see Mythbusters without paying $70 a month for 300 channels I’ll never watch.
  • lowtolerance

    I hope it’s not for games. It better not be for applications. It needs to be JUST for show creators.


    I don’t understand why anyone would say something like this.


    The Apple TV coupled with an iOS device could be the perfect console for ultra-casual gamers who are already in the iOS ecosystem. Just look at what Nintendo is trying to pull off with the Wii U and tell me that it isn’t similar to what Apple could do right now with the ATV + an iPad/iPhone with the flip of a switch. Not to mention that iOS already has the largest game library of all other consoles combined, all of which could easily be scaled up to the big screen.

    And, at $99, people can justify buying a new model every year. Given the 10 year console life cycle that Sony and MS are on, it’s not unreasonable to imagine that the AppleTV could become a serious competitor to traditional gaming console offerings over the next several years. More competition would be a great thing, and I think there is a lot of room for Apple to revolutionize home gaming and game distribution in the same way that they’ve revolutionized so many other industries.
  • extra_medium

    I hope it’s not for games. It better not be for applications. It needs to be JUST for show creators.

    Individual shows. Bypass the channels entirely. Bypass the telecoms entirely.
    If I want to see Mythbusters, I should be able to see Mythbusters without paying $70 a month for 300 channels I’ll never watch.

    Cant you already do that with itunes? Just pay for the episodes or sub to a season of that one show you want. Even if it is mythbusters. What would be cool would be dedicated hbo or espn or other channels you sub to without those other 300 channels you mentioned.

    I also dont know why youd want to limit functionality by not allowing games or other apps. The more the merrier!

  • technochick
    If I want to see Mythbusters, I should be able to see Mythbusters without paying $70 a month for 300 channels I’ll never watch.

    You can do that. It’s called buying it off iTunes. No cable service required

  • technochick
    Just look at what Nintendo is trying to pull off with the Wii U and tell me that it isn’t similar to what Apple could do right now with the ATV + an iPad/iPhone with the flip of a switch. 

    You can already do it with iOS and Airplay. Prime example is Real Racing 2 HD. 

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