Apple Developing Video Game Console?
For serious computer gamers, Apple hardware hasn't been the platform of choice since the '80s. Sure, there have been notable recent exceptions, such as when EA made a major push to the platform last summer, but ultimately gaming on the Mac remains just that: an exception.
Is all this about to change? Talk of an Apple- and gaming-related patent might just be an omen of things to come.
The patent talks of extending the Apple trademark into the world of gaming hardware. The specific legal verbage would extend the company name to cover:
Toys, games and playthings, namely, hand-held units for playing electronic games; hand-held units for playing video games; stand alone video game machines; electronic games other than those adapted for use with television receivers only; LCD game machines; electronic educational game machines; toys, namely battery-powered computer games.So, could this be sign of a portable gaming device from our friends in Cupertino? Or, perhaps a home-gaming console that will bundle Apple TV functionality? And, if so, with the gaming market already pretty crowded at the moment, can the industry handle another player? Maybe, but before you get too excited keep in mind that this might simply mean more downloadable games able to be played on iPods and iPhones, rather than something fantastic.
From ars technica and Engadget