There are rumours of a redesigned Apple TV complete with its own App Store making an appearance at Apple's WWDC 2015 event in June, and it's a redesign we welcome as the Apple TV has been neglected in recent years. But the real question is how would people interact with apps on an Apple TV?
There are Apple patents and rumours that give us some idea, including a New York Times report stating that the new Apple TV will come with a touch-enabled remote and a newly discovered Apple patent that suggests Apple may integrate gesture controls into its remote (both go hand in hand with one another).
We've discussed our favourite iOS apps and decided on seven apps that we would love to see supported on the Apple TV.
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Seven apps we want to see on Apple TV: Skype
Skype is arguably one of the most popular video calling platforms in the world, and we can see why. It offers a free way for users to message, voice call or video call each other from anywhere in the world and brings endless possibilities, from announcing a new pregnancy to family members to hosting Skype interviews for a job opportunity. It doesn't just stop at calling Skype users either, as Skype offers a (paid, but cheap) service that allows you to call landlines and mobiles.
So, why would Skype be a good addition to the Apple TV? Imagine getting a call from your family, and instead of talking to them on your 4.7in iPhone 6 screen, you could talk to them on your 42in living room TV. There's obviously one issue to address with video calling, and that's the lack of a camera on the Apple TV, but is also an issue we've created a workaround for.
This is purely speculation but it could be possible for the Apple TV to connect to your iPhone via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and use your iPhone camera. That way, you could leave it in a dock and enjoy a catch up with family via the big screen.
Also, imagine you're watching Netflix and you receive a Skype message from a friend. Chances are you'd miss this if it came through to your iPhone - but we imagine an Apple TV notification system that would notify you of the incoming message, and prompt you for an action (Reply, Ignore, etc). If the next Apple TV comes with a built in microphone (you never know) Siri could be used for both navigation and dictation, letting you reply quickly before getting back to your film.
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