Will the iPhone 5 pack the same streaming skills as the Apple TV?
It seems certain that the iPhone 5, or whatever the new iPhone will be called, will be unveiled in the next few weeks, but along with a bigger screen, it might have some other tricks up its sleeves. According to a new report in the Wall Street Journal, your iPhone or iPad might just mimic the functions of that long rumoured Apple TV device.
There’ve been some interesting rumours coming from the Wall Street Journal’s people in the know this week: several reports have detailed Apple’s plans for an Apple TV cable set top box, rather than a flat screen television.
The latest describes an Apple TV box that acts as a personal video recorder in the cloud: Apple’s dreaming of a system where you could watch the whole of a current series of a show at a time of your choosing, even the latest episode a few minutes after it’s begun airing. All previous series would also be available as downloads from iTunes.
That’s a step up from current services which often only have a few episodes of a series on catch-up. But perhaps more interestingly, the report says “Apple also wants users to be able to access content from the device on other Apple products like iPhones and iPads.”
In other words, the iPhone 5 or any iPad would have access to exactly the same content as the upgraded Apple TV box. You’d have a PVR in your pocket wherever you went: a bit like SlingPlayer but without all the expense and fiddly set up. This device could also integrate social networks into the interface, like Twitter, the sources say.
So should we expect this soon? While WSJ’s Apple sources are rarely off the mark (and are widely assumed to be controlled leaks from Apple), it’s still not clear that Apple’s got all the broadcasters’ agreement yet to pull off such a feat. We remain hopeful: in the meantime, we’ve got an iPhone 5 and even an iPad Mini to look .