Weekly Roundup: Apple Acquires Creator of Microsoft Kinect; TV Ambitions Seem Inevitable

by Aaron Brethorst | November 30, 2013

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to all of you in the United States! It was a slow news week, for the most part, as the United States was on holiday for half the week. But, nevertheless, there were some interesting developments here and there that will be of interest to iOS and OS X developers. Perhaps most interesting was the confirmation that Apple acquired the Israeli startup PrimeSense, perhaps best known for creating the technology behind Microsoft's Kinect. The article (linked to below) not surprisingly mentions that this has something to do with Apple's TV ambitions.

I know I sound like something of a broken record, but between the seemingly unnecessary memory headroom that the A7 affords the newest generation of iPhones and iPads, the game controller support built into iOS 7, persistent rumors about Apple making an entrance into the TV market, Steve Jobs triumphantly declaring that he'd "cracked it", and now this, it seems that Apple is looking to take on Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, and—inevitably—every set top box manufacturer. That $70 billion in additional annual revenue won't just appear by itself, after all.

Best,
Aaron


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