This last rumor from Taipei today is about the innards of the new Apple TV. As per other sources the updated Apple TV is reported as running iOS, having a similar UI and Operating System look and feel as the iPhone, and having no Hard Drive.
The more interesting tidbit that has leaked out today though is that Apple may be partnering with AMD, and basing the silicon inside the Apple TV on their Fusion SoC.
Why is this interesting? Well up until now Apple have been tied to Intel for their desktop CPUs. But in the last few months Intel’s strategy of forcing Apple to use its GPUs instead of superior ones from NVIDIA or ATI (part of AMD) has undoubtedly stopped Apple releasing updates to its MacBook Air, and ruffled feathers inside the tech. company.
AMD make some pretty capable equivalents to Intel’s Desktop CPUs, as well as obviously allowing third party GPUs (like their own from ATI) to be part of a computer makers solutions.
It could be that Apple are giving AMD a try out on their Apple TV ‘hobby’, with a view to bigger things in the future…
The irony in all this is that Fusion is exactly the architecture design for CPU / GPU integrated silicon that Intel are forcing on their customers today. And similar to their not very mobile, super power hungry Atom processors.
The difference is that AMDs CPUs are significantly closer to Intels CPU in performance than Intel’s graphics cores are to anything AMD (ATI) or NVIDIA make.
Does the new Apple TV interest you? Let us know your feelings in the comments…[DigiTimes]