When Apple TV 2G was announced, we all were speculating that Apple would allow users to run iOS App & Games on Apple TV 2G as it was running the same OS as iPhone, iPodTouch & iPad.
Now, it looks like that speculation may come true pretty soon.
A trusted tipster of Engadget has uncovered evidence that suggests that Apple is planning to implement gaming into Apple TV. New code in iOS 4.3 BETA 3 firmware hints that Apple TV may soon support online gaming. More specifically, the uncovered code references “ATVGames” & “ATVThunder” that pointed to a controller of some sort, leaderboards, a way to schedule games – which means multiplayer gaming, and a storefront – AppStore & iTunes. The tipster has also found two string – “com.apple.appletv.play.live.thunder” and “.play.archive.thunder” — but what those actually mean in the grand scheme of things is ultimately ambiguous.
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Additionally, there are two more codenames and a handful of other strings that popped up relating to Apple TV: Sedona and Flagstaff. Based on references to director, episode, season, and the like, we reckon Sedona is all about video merchandising and streaming, something tightly integrated into the traditional iTunes experience. As for Flagstaff, aside from a nod to Account Types and Merchants (i.e. iTunes merchandising), there’s really nothing else to say. Think of it as a mystery wrapped in an enigma hung on a, erm, flag staff. Our tipster found numerous other little goodies, but the only other one really worth bringing up is feature_remote_screensavers, which suggests that you can use screensavers from other devices — like, say, your Mac.via [MacHackPc]
Finally, elsewhere in the world, Alex Hisrbrunner used a Harmony remote to find hidden Apple TV commands that resemble iOS functions — namely, wiggling icons that can me resorted using the directional pad. Video of that is after the break.