Apple’s “iTV” Not Ready for MacWorld 2007

According to a report by AppleInsider, Apple’s much anticipated iTV product may not make a showing at this month’s MacWorld 2007. Apple initially announced the iTV back in the fall of last year, indicating that the set-top box would arrive sometime in Q1’07. However, Apple indicated that due to some quality assurance issues, the iTV may be delayed by several weeks.

The delay is apparently due to an issue in the iTV‘s operating system. The interface appears to be somewhat similar to the way Apple’s Front Row software works in OS X.

The iTV will come ready to stream video from your home network onto a big (or small) screen TV through various connections. Wireless is supported through 802.11b/g and standard Ethernet is also supported. The unit will not have an input for cable TV, which would have been a nice touch for managing shows. Initially it did not appear like the iTV would be able to do any recording or live-TV rewinding and pausing because of the lack of onboard storage, but Walt Disney’s CEO Robert Iger said that the iTV would have a “small hard drive”.

Apple did previously mention that the iTV name was merely a temporary name, and that when the unit actually ships, it would be called something entirely different. On the hardware front, it does not appear like Apple will be adding or modifying any of the iTV‘s current specifications.

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