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Rogers and BCE Already Have the Apple iTV in Their Labs, Controlled with Voice and Hand Gestures

The Globe and Mail reports that Apple is actively seeking launch partnerships with Canada's Rogers Communications and BCE Inc. to offer their upcoming Apple TV.
“They’re not closed to doing it with one [company] or doing it with two,” said one source who is familiar with the talks. “They’re looking for a partner. They’re looking for someone with wireless and broadband capabilities.”
According to the newspaper, these companies already have the Apple iTV in their labs.

Siri voice control is reportedly integrated into Apple's new television to help viewers make programming choices. Viewers can then control the TV with voice or hand gestures. Even an on-screen keyboard can be invoked without any special hardware (emphasis ours):
An on-screen keyboard, meanwhile, can also be activated in a similar manner, allowing viewers to surf the web, conduct video chats and use social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook – all without any physical interface.
The paper isn't clear about the sourcing of the details for the hand gesture control, and later cites an analyst for some other details. They do seem to specifically have a source with knowledge of the matter.

The Globe and Mail is Canada's largest-circulation national newspaper.

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38 months ago
They can't be that dumb can they? Releasing this information when Apple obviously would not let them and most likely having signed a NDA. Apple would go ballistic if true information about this was revealed.

I don't believe this report.
Rating: 34 Votes
38 months ago
I think this is a good solution to many problems people have. For example, a remote control is not only too precise and predictable in operation, but it also responds too quickly with minimal lag.
Rating: 18 Votes
38 months ago

If Siri doesn't work without an Internet connection then it's already failed.


Yeah, because it would be impossible to include a wifi chip in an Apple television set.
Rating: 17 Votes
38 months ago

If Siri doesn't work without an Internet connection then it's already failed.


If you are partnered with a cable provider, you don't need a specific internet connection. Set top boxes communicate back to the server without subscribing to full internet service. It's just part of the TV service.

arn
Rating: 17 Votes
38 months ago
An onscreen keyboard controlled with hand gestures? I am very interested in seeing how Apple makes it work.
Rating: 15 Votes
38 months ago
So... Kinect? Not bashing Apple here, but a lot of this already exists on the Xbox 360 with Kinect, so I'm interested if this is in any way more advanced, and, if so, how well it will appeal to people buying a new TV set.
Rating: 11 Votes
38 months ago
More importantly, are we really going to be permanently stuck with the A4 720p AppleTV box because of this overpriced display Apple wants to shove down our throats?

I think the AppleTV is great as it is, with the exception of its lack of 1080p support. And I get the feeling they won't ever give it to us, because they want us to go buy their 1080p television set when it finally comes out in like October.

Where are they going to put these things in Apple Stores? There is no room to move now.
Rating: 9 Votes
38 months ago

If Siri doesn't work without an Internet connection then it's already failed.


I have an iPhone 4S. Siri works about 50% of the time WITH an Internet connection. Still this is pretty exciting news/rumors.
Rating: 8 Votes
38 months ago



Do you have weed in your mouth while using it?


i dont understand the question :confused:
Rating: 8 Votes
38 months ago
So Apple is trying to work with the very same ISPs that keep increasing their fees and keep diminishing the monthly caps (http://stopthesqueeze.ca/)? :rolleyes:

If you think your monthly caps in the USA are bad, try 80, 50 or even 35GB in Canada. And that's for cable-based, home internet.
Rating: 8 Votes

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