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Future chance, future challenge for the Apple TV

Apple’s “hobby” the Apple TV has a chance at becoming a ubiquitous household item, though the company may need to add support for non-Apple media services and implement many new features if it seriously intends making an iPod-level impact on this important growing market.

The reason Apple has the chance is visible in the growing momentum behind development of solutions to bring online video to the front room – a sector becoming quickly more intense.

Online video on-demand services such as iTunes or Hulu are hot properties, meaning many more devices – including TVs offering features similar to the Apple TV – should begin to reach market en masse starting next year. And even if Apple does not develop such solutions there will still be winners and losers in the race to offer the ‘iPod’ equivalent of the multimedia for the front room box.

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Apple iPhone – it’s important, really important

Nomura analyst Richard Windsor this morning warned clients that Research In Motion is struggling to develop the touch interface for use within its forthcoming ‘iPhone killer’, the BlackBerry Thunder. The analyst says the implementation even lags behind Nokia. who he also warns will be unable to match Apple’s user interface for its solution in the mobile device market.
“Those who have handled prototypes complain of poor typing, unresponsive keys, bugs in the user interface cause by touch as well as accelerometer issues,” Windsor warned on RIM, as reported by MarketWatch.
Meanwhile in a separate report, Changewave Research claims Apple’s iPhone 3G will impact the smartphone market like a “tsunami”. In a survey of 3,567 consumers the researchers found that 11% of those who already own a smart phone had an iPhone, up two points from before – and only three away from Palm. Research In Motion’s BlackBerry leads with 42% of the market.
But the whole environment seems set to change, as of those respondents who plan to buy a smartphone in the next 90 days, 56% plan to purchase an iPhone, compared to only 29% in a previous survey in March, RIM must be worried – just 23% plan to buy a BlackBerry,
78% of iPhone owners are Very Satisfied with the phone. RIM ranks second with 54% of its customers saying they’re Very Satisfied.