• Brightcove Boss Dishes on Major Apple Product, Software Developments



    As we rapidly approach WWDC next week and speed into summer ahead of major new Apple product releases, the rumor and speculation mills are working overtime these days. But every now and then, a credible player in the digital world steps up to weigh in on the future of Apple products and software in broad view.

    Far from an anonymous commentator, Jeremy Allaire - the CEO of Brightcove - has made some provocative public comments on his expectations, insight, and outlook regarding Apple's anticipated slate of goodies coming in the next six to twelve months.

    In an opinion piece published with All Things D this morning, Allaire made no shortage of interesting predictions, including a belief that Apple will soon come out with an add-on device to bestow FaceTime video capabilities and motion control to television sets.

    First, Apple will release a new Apple TV add-on product, though I expect that rather than using the current “puck” design it will instead be a thin black bar, perhaps 1 inch tall and 3 inches wide, that can easily mount to the top of almost any existing HD capable TV set. Like the existing Apple TV, it will have HDMI and power jacks on the back, but it will also include a high-def camera built into its face, as well as an embedded iOS environment that provides motion sensing and speech processing.
    Allaire also believes that Apple will release a TV monitor product that will do the same things that the aforementioned Apple TV add-on device will do. Finally, he believes that Apple will provide updates to iOS that "include significantly enhanced and improved AirPlay functionality, and where AirPlay capabilities become a more front and center aspect of the iOS experience."

    So what does it all mean for the Apple developer community? Devs will soon be encouraged to "build iOS apps that are Apple TV ready, using dual-screen features and motion user interaction, among other things."

    To read the lengthy write-up in full, click here.

    Source: All Things D
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