Well this is exciting. They’re reporting on Somethingawful.com that the Apple TV is incredibly hackable, and that as a favor, they even included a USB port on the back to make it usable. I mean, really, it’s the return of the Apple LCII. Fanless, low end computer that gets the job done. It uses a 1ghz Dothan cpu from Intel and a pretty decent GPU for 1080i decoding, with component and HDMI out…. sweet. To top that off, they’ve already got it playing Divx and Xvid files by simply inserting a quicktime plugin, due to the fact that it uses a only slightly modified version of OSX 10.4.7…. that’s insane.
This is fantastic news. Prior to this, the Apple TV was pretty much dead in the water as a product that scratched no itch, especially without Divx support. This changes everything.
Hopefully, in a couple of weeks we’ll see the finder installed and full USB keyboard/mouse support, to be used as a super low end desktop. It wouldn’t suprise me if they get linux on it by the end of the month. Pretty exciting for a $300 computer. I might even be tempted to buy one.