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Monday, 02 May 2011 09:27

Is Apple preparing a game console?

Written by David Stellmack
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Might be looking at it with a new AppleTV-like box
The rumors are once again finding their way to us from a number of sources suggesting that Apple is apparently again looking at the possibility of offering their own gaming console of some type.

The reason for this is apparently that Apple would like to further expand the iOS platform; and it comes as no surprise that the majority of the best selling applications for the iOS platform happen to be games, and this is something that Apple maybe didn’t think was going to happen, but it has.

Apple’s best ticket into a gaming console of some sort is said to be a very robust and upgraded AppleTV box that would apparently use the A5 processor, which would yield somewhere between five times to as much as seven times the horsepower that we have seen in the previous generations. That could be the ticket for Apple to move into this space.

Still, we think that the AppleTV business (which the company continues to describe as a hobby business) has given Apple a foothold in the living room.  Producing a much more robust AppleTV platform that is actually slanted more toward a gaming console isn’t really a leap, if you look where gaming consoles are going today; they are adding all of the entertainment and content infrastructure that Apple already has, and they have the digital delivery in place, which means they just need the platform.

While rumblings suggest that it might be yet this year that Apple offers a game console offering, we think it will come in the package of an enhanced AppleTV offering, or maybe an AppleTV Plus, if you will.  Don’t look for them to announce it at E3, and if they do announce it yet this year, it will come when they roll out the new iPod and iPad offerings, which we believe will wait until next year at the soonest.

With Nintendo launching a new console in the first part of next year, we think this holiday season might be the best ticket from a strategy perspective. We will have to wait and see.


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+17 #1 Cartman 2011-05-02 10:09
Dual-core at 1 GHz is gonna be CPU used 4 gaming, what will u play solitare?
Totally article that you read od Fudzilla.
 
 
+7 #2 chyll2 2011-05-02 11:15
Quoting Cartman:
Dual-core at 1 GHz is gonna be CPU used 4 gaming, what will u play solitare?
Totally article that you read od Fudzilla.

where is the spec located? i did not read it in the article.

anyway, even if those are true, this is Apple we are talking about. They can easily manufacture underspec'ed gadget and sell it for a fortune.
 
 
+7 #3 Orumus 2011-05-02 12:24
Quoting chyll2:
Quoting Cartman:
Dual-core at 1 GHz is gonna be CPU used 4 gaming, what will u play solitare?
Totally article that you read od Fudzilla.

where is the spec located? i did not read it in the article.

anyway, even if those are true, this is Apple we are talking about. They can easily manufacture underspec'ed gadget
and sell it for a fortune.


Um they said it will use the A5 which is a dual chore 1ghz chip with a dual core sgx543 on the graphics side. which I might add would give it more triangle moving hp then a ps2 by a long shot.
 
 
+5 #4 chyll2 2011-05-02 12:56
@orumus

thanks. I missed that one
 
 
-2 #5 godrilla 2011-05-02 13:24
So what apple will offer in a console we can get today with a android device dual core like LG g2x, HDMI mirroring @ 1080p.
Lol qualcomm already announced that their chips will deliver ps3 like graphics at the end of next year in a phone and or tablet. Plus rumors have it the next A5 powered iphone will too have a display port.

video demonstration!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08S0TtQ12sk
 
 
+2 #6 Haberlandt 2011-05-02 16:31
How about iStation? iBox?
 
 
-17 #7 Warrior24_7 2011-05-02 16:33
Apple has had a desire for and explored console gaming off and on long ago so this is nothing new. Apple has the ability to make any sort of console they want with all of the multi-media abilty of their i products. All they need is third party support and they should easily get that! Apple could be a SERIOUS player in the console market.
 
 
+14 #8 yourma2000 2011-05-02 18:27
What does apple know about gaming?
 
 
+7 #9 Bl0bb3r 2011-05-02 18:28
If they will make a propper console I'm guessing they will need a graphics chip.
 
 
-3 #10 blkjk 2011-05-02 19:07
The iPad is Apple's console.
 

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