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    Ok, so I guess my first question is, what are we calling the new AppleTV? AppleTV2? Apple hasn't really given it a different name, so how do we differentiate it?

    Second, I just realized that it has a USB port on it! I've never heard any mention of it. Anyone know why it's there? I'd love to have one, but also must have the ability to [1] play AVI's and [2] play from a local HD. If it can't do either then there's really no point for me in upgrading. Has anyone heard if these options will be available (either directly or via hack)? I realize it's running iOS and is supposedly jailbreakable, but I don't think I've ever heard of additional codecs for iOS.

    Thanks for any insight.
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    actually, somewhere else managed to traced from within iOS 4.2 referencing a product called iProd

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    God that just sounds too generic! I guess it does stuff with things... It reminds me of the Saturday Night Live parody where the introduced all the other iProd[ucts] like the iRack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedaf View Post
    actually, somewhere else managed to traced from within iOS 4.2 referencing a product called iProd
    iOS 4.0 mentioned iPROD. The 4.2 beta shows APPLETV2,1 HERE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greggsymington View Post
    iOS 4.0 mentioned iPROD. The 4.2 beta shows APPLETV2,1 HERE.
    never really understand how apple list them but from the image isn't productString = iProd?

    well whatever it is i wouldn't trade my old for the new..


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    Quote Originally Posted by DocTauri View Post
    Ok, so I guess my first question is, what are we calling the new AppleTV? AppleTV2? Apple hasn't really given it a different name, so how do we differentiate it?

    Second, I just realized that it has a USB port on it! I've never heard any mention of it. Anyone know why it's there? I'd love to have one, but also must have the ability to [1] play AVI's and [2] play from a local HD. If it can't do either then there's really no point for me in upgrading. Has anyone heard if these options will be available (either directly or via hack)? I realize it's running iOS and is supposedly jailbreakable, but I don't think I've ever heard of additional codecs for iOS.

    Thanks for any insight.
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    take a close look at the USB port it has

    http://newteevee.files.wordpress.com...le-tv-back.jpg

    Its shape denotes Micro-B, which means USB hd's are probably SOL, we will have to hook it up like an iDevice, rather than plugging in a patchstick, to even theoretically begin to jailbreak the device. thats a major dealbreaker for me, the new one, aside from having netflix (which i dont have) and running some flavor of iOS (no more 10.4 issues!), and maybe AirPlay (dont think ill ever use it) the new AppleTV seems like a major step in the wrong direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitosoft View Post
    take a close look at the USB port it has

    http://newteevee.files.wordpress.com...le-tv-back.jpg

    Its shape denotes Micro-B, which means USB hd's are probably SOL, we will have to hook it up like an iDevice, rather than plugging in a patchstick, to even theoretically begin to jailbreak the device. thats a major dealbreaker for me, the new one, aside from having netflix (which i dont have) and running some flavor of iOS (no more 10.4 issues!), and maybe AirPlay (dont think ill ever use it) the new AppleTV seems like a major step in the wrong direction.

    Why would USB hard drives be SOL? My portable HD uses this same connector, and if power over USB is the issue, I've seen adapters to fix that. Is there something I'm missing?

    As for the wrong direction, I totally agree, then again, this device is not, nor has it ever been, about what the customer wants. This thing was always meant to be a home theater extension for iTunes. I'm sure it chapped Apple's collective ass to have to add Netflix at the expense of their own rental model. Had it really been about the customer, we'd have seen native USB support, multiple file format support, and some sort of DLNA or even UPNP support. Hell, even if they didn't want to write these things, a supported SDK would have worked [and I bet a Netflix plugin would have been released by the community not long after].

    Hats off to you and the other devs for filling in the [rather extensive] gaps.

    Thanks,
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    Last edited by DocTauri; 09-29-2010 at 01:36 PM.

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    USB-B means device But...

    If the new AppleTV uses USB On-The-Go, then the port can function as either host or device depend on how the ID pin is strapped. Standard USB has 4 pins (D+ D- 5V G). USB OTG has 5 Pins (D+ D- 5V G & ID). The cable is what determines if the port is used as Host or Peripheral. The ID Pin is grounded to the G Pin on the host side of the cable, and on the peripheral side the ID Pin is left open. This could get interesting.

 

 

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