Apple Wants To Put Content-Aware Widgets On Your Big-Screen TV

Apple Wants To Put Content-Aware Widgets On Your Big-Screen TV


As RazorianFly exclusively reported yesterday, it appears Apple already has plans to implement the ability for users to create their own widgets for iOS, running on devices such as the iPhone and iPad. But what if we were to tell you these content-aware widgets are also to extend to your big-screen TV?

Highlighted by PatentlyApple, that’s exactly what another recently filed Apple patent uncovered at the USPTO this week, details.

Apple writes:

Recently, a few consumer electronics companies have extended the widget paradigm to television. For example, while watching TV programming on a widget-enabled TV set, the viewer can manipulate the TV remote control to interact, for example, with a “chat” widget displayed on the TV screen to send text messages back and forth with others connected to a common chat network.

This is especially interesting in relation to DailyTech’s report a few days ago, which revived rumors that Apple may in fact be working on its own branded television set, powered by iOS.

In summary:

Apple’s paradigm involves taking widgets to the next level of live widgets that will interact with TV shows like NBC’s “The Voice” so that users could directly vote for their favorite candidates from their HDTV effortlessly. The system will also work with live sports like football with other live content is in the works. The system still involves Apple’s AppleTV set-top-box but with a twist. It will finally hook up with regular Cable TV networks.

[via 9to5Mac]