Will WWDC bring an Apple TV SDK?

Will WWDC bring an Apple TV SDK?

Summary: With a room full of devs, there's no better time.


There are a ton of rumors around what to expect out of WWDC. They include:

  • iOS 6
  • New iPhone
  • Siri SDK
  • New Maps
  • Mountain Lion

... just to name a few.

One thing that hasn't gotten much airtime, though, is the possibility of an Apple TV SDK. If Apple did indeed figure out what's been missing in television, why not offer it up to the devs as part of an SDK for Apple TV? After all, as a registered iOS Developer you can already put pre-release software on your Apple TV. In addition, the new interface is just begging to have some of your favorite iOS apps ready for the big screen.

This weekend I played some games on my Apple TV through the magic of AirPlay. They worked great, but were a bit slow to respond, not to mention that they didn't take up the full screen. It definitely would have been great to download the "Apple TV" version of Angry Birds, for example.

So, will we see it? There's a conference full of devs that could start releasing pre-release versions of their Apps on Apple TV before the end of the week even.

Stay tuned to the live blog to see what Apple's planning.

Topic: Apple

Joel Evans

About Joel Evans

With more than 15 years of mobile, Internet and wireless experience, Joel specializes in taking existing brands and technologies into the mobile and wireless space. Joel is currently the VP of Strategy Integration for Mobiquity, an enterprise-class mobile solutions provider.

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  • a AppleTV SDK and app store

    I hope there is going to be an AppleTV SDK and app store that includes Pandora
  • Considering many AV Receivers and Blu-Ray players are superior...

    Just rebuilt my home theater system and noticed something while buying the components. A lot of this year's Blu-Ray players and AV Receivers do as much as the Apple TV plus even more in some cases. Apple definitely needs to do something to bring the usefulness of the Apple TV up to a higher level. An SDK would be one idea. In my mind, I'd rather see the Apple TV gain compatibility with iPad applications, since there are already so many of those out there. I agree with the article that AirPlay from an iPad isn't the same. Natively running on the Apple TV would be much better.

    Personally, I'd love for Apple to develop a set top box that has quad cable tuners, a huge hard drive, full Internet access, iPad applications, and maybe even a Blu-Ray+DVD+CD player built-in. Basically, I want them to combine a TiVo Premiere XL4 with the guts of an iPad for a full home theater appliance in a single device. It would be sweet to have a great surround sound system and HDMI monitor with a single sleek box rendering all of the content.