Wednesday, August 05, 2009

iPad, a "replacement for - or a compelling complement to -" AppleTV

I vote for compelling complement.

Engadget joins the fray describing a 10" 'iPad' in a home theater context.

What they seem not to have fully assimilated is that cables don't mix well with tablet computers, suggesting that "HDMI or DisplayPort would be a natural for such a device" and that Apple might want to incorporate a television tuner and inputs into it.

A Mini DisplayPort would be a fine addition to the AppleTV, whenever they get around to releasing significantly upgraded hardware, but that's exactly the sort of thing you wouldn't want to saddle a tablet with. Likewise with a coaxial RF-in port and tuner; put them on the AppleTV, not the tablet!

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