As I mentioned in the run down of today’s Apple event, Steve Jobs gave us a sneak peak at a hardware box, code named iTV, that will be available in the first quarter of 2007. If you haven’t seen it, this is it. It basically looks like a short Mac Mini.
The iTV will be used to stream media from your computer, to your TV. There were 2 things that struck me about this image though:
1. The wireless networking is only referred to as 802.11. I think it’s a fair assumption that the iTV will use a version that is faster than “G” for it’s movie streaming.
2. This thing has a USB 2 port on it. I wonder what that could be for? It’s not needed for the functionality that Steve described at the event. I’m wondering if by the time this thing comes to market, it will have turned into a full fledged DVR, and that USB port will allow you to attach whatever size hard drive you want to it.
Just speculation, of course.