There are a lot of rumors swirling about the highly anticipated official release of iOS 4.3, but now even Apple TV has gotten mixed up in this.
According to Engadget and "a trusted tipster," new codes in the third beta version of iOS 4.3 reveal the possibility that Apple TV will support online gaming. Specific citations include "ATVGames," "ATVThunder," "com.apple.appletv.play.live.thunder" and ".play.archive.thunder." The word "merchant" also seems to pop up a lot, citing the possibility of a new gaming store portal. This would have to refer to game rentals only, though, considering one of the selling points for the second-gen Apple TV is a rental-only model rather than buying.
This gaming theory definitely sounds plausible, but it's just a bunch of codes right now. We can't have any valid idea as to how this will truly look until iOS 4.3 is officially announced. Same goes for the personal 3G hotspots and new multi-touch gestures for the iPad.
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[Image via Engadget]