It is as if somehow someone was listening…. only yesterday I was wondering if there was someone who could step into the void left by TiVo’s move towards advertising and offer a pure-play DVR that does “ad-skipping” well and is as easy to use as well TiVo. The answer just might be in Cupertino! Think Secret reports that Apple is currently working on turning the Mac Mini into a hub for digital home entertainment.
The new Mac mini project, code-named Kaleidoscope, will feature an Intel processor and include both Front Row 2.0 and TiVo-like DVR functionality. The new Mac mini is also said to sport a built-in iPod dock, a feature that was scrapped from the Mac mini Apple first introduced one year ago. Other hardware specifics are unknown
I have often thought about this kind of an offering, but who knew that there is a good chance that we might actually see something similar at the Mac World Expo in San Francisco. Clearly FrontRow is part of a large digital home plan! One should not be surprised by this development – XBox 360 is one of those devices that can bring Microsoft roaring back in the digital media game, and unless Apple can counter punch, the whole iPod thing wouldn’t really amount to anything.