Feeds

Apple's new TV allegedly spotted... in Canadian office

Will be controlled by Siri, waving, unicorns

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Prototypes of the hotly anticipated Apple TV are sitting in the offices of telcos in Canada, reports newspaper The Globe and Mail. The report adds that the new TVs will feature voice-control through Siri, gesture control and video chat.

Apple has sent out the prototypes of its "iTV" device to help it cut deals with local internet providers, says The Globe, suggesting that the new Apple TV is closer to release than previously thought.

The Canadian telcos loose-lipped sources claim are in negotiation with Apple include Rogers Wireless and Bell Canada Enterprises. The information was presumably leaked to The Globe by employees who had seen the kit in their labs. We assume that Cupertino will be driving deals with broadband partners elsewhere too, but so far there haven't been any leaks from the other countries.

Since it seems likely that the Apple iTV will rely on streaming high-quality content from the web, deals with internet companies will be vital to the device's success. And telcos will need to pump some serious data to maintain a high-def image.

The Globe sources flesh out a little detail on what the rumoured TV will actually do. As well as packing chatty voice-controlled assistant Siri, the Apple TV will also let you control it by gesture, the sources blabbed. An on-screen keyboard allowing the user to search the net or update social networks will be controlled by voice and gesture too. The TVs will run video chats and were described by the paper as looking like "giant iPads".

All grist for the rumour mill...

One of Steve Jobs' final goals as expressed in his biography was revolutionising TV, an announcement which should make companies in all sections of the TV industry nervous, given Apple's track record of disrupting industries and taking a lot of money.

Rogers is Canada's largest cellphone provider with a subscriber base of over 9.2 million (PDF, no info on wireless available), Bell had 7.4 million subscribers and 2.9 million broadband customers in 2010 (PDF). ®

Website security in corporate America

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!
Redmond sporran metrics get one in the ten ring
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please
'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes
REPORT: Stash of terrorist material found in Syria Dell box
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.