Weekly Roundup: Is Apple About to Become the Dominant Game Console Maker?

by Aaron Brethorst | September 14, 2013

The iPhone event has come and gone, and now we have a number of fascinating new developments to endlessly conjecture about. What I'm still most curious about, for example, is why Apple decided to make the new A7 chip 64-bit. It's not like the iPhone 5S (s?) has more than 4GB RAM, right? We will eventually have mobile phones that need to address more than 4GB, but why take that plunge now before it's necessary?

Unless, of course, it is necessary in the next 12 months. Like, for example, if Apple wanted to release a beefed-up Apple TV sometime soon that could go head-to-head with the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, they'd need to support more than 4GB RAM, plus support for game controllers, and much-improved graphics. Oh wait, they just did.

Of course, we won't really know what—if anything—is coming until it's ready, but some rumors indicate this could be sooner than expected. I've oft-opined that this next generation of video game consoles is likely to be the last with mainstream appeal, and that all Apple needs to do to become the dominant video game console maker is simply choose to become it. I just didn't expect this to happen for a while yet. But, who knows? Maybe kids will beg their parents for the new Apple TV instead of an Xbox or PlayStation this holiday season. We shall see.

Until next time,
Aaron


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