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We learned this week that the new Apple TV is running the same operating system as the iPad, and hackers have been able to jailbreak the device already. So with at least one door open for apps on the Apple TV, which ones do you want?

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Apple started shipping its new Apple TV this week, and it’s become increasingly clear in recent days that the device will eventually have apps. First came the revelation that the second-generation Apple TV is in fact running iOS 4.1, the same operating system that also powers the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Then we learned that Apple has packed a whopping 8 GB of Flash into the device, despite insisting that the Apple TV is not at all about local storage. So what will those 8GB be used for? Apps, of course.

Finally, there was news yesterday that the jailbreak community has in fact been successful in rooting the Apple TV, opening the door for unauthorized third-party app installs and app stores like Cydia.

The only question left now is: What kind of apps would you like with that box? It’s obvious that developers would have to rewrite any iPad or iPhone apps to get them to work with the  Apple TV, if only for the fact that most living room flat screens simply aren’t touch screens. Also, some of those small screen apps simply might not make sense on a 42-inch screen. And do you really need location-based apps in the living room, just to become major of your couch?

So what do you want? Which existing apps should be ported first, and which new ones have yet to be developed? Let us know in the comments. We promise to email the result to Steve Jobs. Maybe he’ll even write back…

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  1. [...] more from the original source: Open Thread: Which Apps Do You Want on Your Apple TV? This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged apple, device, fact-running, its-new, [...]

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  2. Can’t really say what app I would like but I can sense a lot of games would be ported that can be controlled by remote. The graphics on the iPhones/Pod/Pad are amazing enough to even amaze people on their 42inch Plazma. Screens. But guess it would be completive to playstation and Wii so be hard to predict iOS games success.

    However I’ll add that web surfing would be great so Safari is a must to kindly ask Steve to slip in, maybe Mail too, but not too fussed about reading them on my TV.

    andjoh

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  3. The BeeTV Guide is the perfect fit for the AppleTV.
    It’s a personalized TV Guide for movies & tv shows on TV/Web/iOS. Showing you what’s on now that suits your taste based on a powerful recommendation engine.

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  4. Hulu +, NetFlix, VuDu, Picasa, YouTube, FaceBook, Flash, iCab, and any games designed to work with an Apple-designed, gyroscope-enabled, multitouch remote controller game pad productivity app designed for Bluetooth keyboard..

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  5. As an owner of the new Apple TV I can say that the most needed apps would be better YouTube and Podcast implementation. Right now, it is horrendous. Your subscription list doesn’t load completely (it seems to choose about 25 at random), and videos are not queued in order of release.

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  6. I think it will be the new apps that will make or break this.

    If you look at the video on the site http://custominstaller.ch/index.html it showcases what a Mac controlled home can look like. Hacking up Airport Express and Remote Play to do fun things, I think, is a good place to start. And of course, the problem of the browser adapted and formatted for the big screen is a problem yet resolved. There are sites designed for the big screen like YouTube Leanback, Navigaya, ect. that could be apps(channels) maybe like how Boxee does it?

    Great apps like Flud and Flipboard were made specifically for the device they run on. The TV should be the same.

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  7. Twitter would be fantastic!

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  8. Since most people have their tv audio outputted through their home stereo, Pandora would be nice.

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  9. Twitter, Pandora, Flixster, Weather HD, and the ABC Player for non-games. As far as games, simple one button games like Canabalt would work well using only the Apple TV remote, but I’d like to see all or most games ported over with support for ipod touch/iphone/ipad control over wifi/bluetooth.

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  10. The obvious:

    Media Centers – Which include XBMC, Plex, Boxee
    Media Players – MPlayer, VLC
    Media Codecs – More of them anyway
    FFMPEG/Mencoder

    I guess App Store apps are good too.

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