Although so far Apple has been very secretive about it’s iTV venture and so far we have nearly no official information about iTV, rumors have been doing their rounds. The latest on iTV is from a a very reputed Canadian newspaper which is claiming that Apple’s iTV device is already in the labs of Roger Communications and BCE Inc. These are two major companies in Canada with broadband and wireless capabilities. According to the newspaper, Apple is seeking to partner with a company which has good wireless and broadband capabilities and that the talks with the two afore-mentioned companies are under way.
The newspaper has also made a few claims about the iTV devices and it’s features. According to the paper, Siri is the central feature of iTV. It allows users to make programming choices through voice and let them utilize other controls through their voice or hand gestures. Moreover, an on-screen keyboard can also be summoned without the need for any external hardware. In the exact words of the paper,
“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 claim of hand-gesture controls by the paper is definitely a surprise for us. Does this mean that Apple is also integrating motion-sensor technology in iTV? If that is so, and this is not at all confirmed so far, this means that Apple has definitely upped the ante, even farther than most of us were expecting.
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