January 02, 2004

iBox = A Set Top Mac?!

I've rejected this rumor for long enough, so I'll just simply post a portion of MACOSX's explanation of the rumored Apple branded set-top box, iBox:

What does it do?

The iBox plugs into your TV and acts as a hub for your digital devices and computers. Unlike the EyeTV from Elgato, the iBox is a standalone machine, not something to plug into an existing computer. The iBox can be scheduled to record TV, but unlike TiVos it does not serve as a "what's on and when" service rather a hard drive / media based recording device (new aged VCR). With its built in 802.11b & 802.11g from its AirPort Extreme card, one can access the home folders of any user on any wirelessly networked Mac or PC. The iBox has its own version of the popular iPhoto and iTunes software which is a welcoming plus to Mac OS 10 veterans and easy for Windows users to adopt as well.

The iBox has a built in hard drive meaning it can be used as a network's hub for homes or offices which would like to share photos, music, or other files. Not only does it act as a hub which can connect wirelessly or by Ethernet, it also calls upon its hard drive to record live TV. The iBox has its own on-screen set up and scheduler, but you also have the option of setting the iBox remotely. [ more... ]

We have a couple of days to see if this and the mini-iPods are just rumors or fantastic, forward looking hardware from Jobs and Apple.

Update @ 11:00PM:

Check out this artist rendering of the iBox.

Posted by ronn at January 2, 2004 10:50 PM


Listed below are links to weblogs that reference iBox = A Set Top Mac?!:

» good morning from nitecrawler
I'm spending some time this morning catching up on other blogs. Things have been a little hectic around here and I haven't been keeping up to date the past week. Ronn has been helping to keep the rumors alive about... [Read More]

Tracked on January 3, 2004 12:01 PM