Apple TV has dropped to fourth place in the streaming-media market. Roku, Chromecast and Apple Fire are outselling Apple TV this year. Rumor has it that Apple will be releasing a new Apple TV in the fall. Apple is trying to regain some of the loss market share. Part of the reason for the loss of sales is neglect from Apple. Apple TV hasn’t had a major upgrade in four years. The announcement in a few weeks can’t come soon enough.
Apple revealed today, the Apple Watch. It starts out at $349 with some watches as high as $10k. Pre-orders can begin April 10. Apple stores will start selling on April 24, most likely you’ll need a reservation. You just can’t walk into a store and get one, at least not in the first few weeks after its release. Here’s an article from ZDNet, PCMag, Gizmodo, ComputerWorld, and Lifehacker.
Lost in the hoopla is the reduced price of the Apple TV. It’s now sells for only $69. Let’s not forget the new super-thin Macbook. It’s thinner and lighter than the MacBook Air. It’s powered by Intel Core M. It’s fan-less and has a single USB C port that allows you to connect to everything. Gone are the USB 3.0 ports and the Display port. You have to buy a $79 dongle if you want connect to other devices or displays. I think the MacBook is a little bit underpowered. It’s a almost a cross between a tablet and laptop. The MacBook starts at $1299 and $1599.
Watch out Apple, there’s another fruit in the market. Yesterday, I was ogling Apple’s TV which sells for just $99. That has to be one of the most affordable hardware sold by Apple. Except for the iPod shuffle, which sells for a mere $49. Which brings me to my main topic today, the Raspberry Pi, a full-fledged computer being sold for just $35. Did I hear that right?
The Raspberry Pi is powered by an Arm-based processor. It’s about the size of a credit card. It comes with a HDMI port, 2 USB ports for connecting keyboard and mouse, an audio output, a composite output for old-style TVs and monitors, an Ethernet port for the network, and a SD card slot for loading the operating system. It runs on just 2 watts of power, and it boots in less than 15 seconds.
The best part of it all, it runs on Linux, an open-source operating system. Since it’s open-source, you can do practically anything to it. Currently, there are 3 Linux distro images available for the Raspberry Pi. They are: Debian squeeze, Arch Linux ARM, and Fedora 14 Remix. There are many potential uses for the Raspberry Pi, such as a media center, cafe internet workstations, robotics, to name a few.
Finally, here’s a video of the Raspberry Pi. Yea, I want one or two.