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Apple Announces AppleTV

Apple has revealed details on the much-anticipated iTV, actually dubbed "AppleTV". The product aims to spread the wealth of the iTunes store by automatically synchronizing iTunes content from a single PC and streaming to up to five other computers or your television. No, it is not limited to videos, photos and music can be streamed as well. Content from sites such as Apple.com can also be streamed.

AppleTV supports 802.11b/g, 802.11n for wireless streaming and Ethernet connectivity. The device sports a 40GB hard drive which can be used to, for example, auto-stream unwatched movies. The content is saved on the AppleTV hard drive for later playback. Steve Jobs said that the AppleTV has been designed with "widescreen TVs in mind"; it includes an HDMI connector and resolutions of up to 720p. The device also offers component, RCA audio, optical digital outputs as well as USB 2.0 connections. It is unclear whether storage expansion is possible. Jobs said that AppleTV is powered by an Intel processor but did not indicate what model.

Expect the AppleTV to be available for $299 in February 2007.

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News source: Ars Technica

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