Exactly why Tim Cook was at Valve this week.
So As you guys know, Tim Cook was at Valve's headquarters this week for, as of yet, unknown reasons. I look at this look at Vale's upcoming plans, look at apple's current products and it all clear.
Big Picture Mode
So Valve has had Big Picture mode in the works for a while it's not hard to imagine the concept of what they want, Steam on the big screen, your Living room. Most are thinking this is a console or SteamBox, but the more I look at it, the more I think it's a heck of a lot closer to Airplay. You keep your Mac or PC in the den or bedroom, slide into the couch and grab your controller and play. To do this you need a host for the game to be played on, but more importantly, you need a reciver on the TV, one capable of reciving and playing at 1080P, high speed networking, fast and clean menus, and the ability to be connected to with a controller. That sounds like something with Bluetooth huh? To do this well, you would need Bluetooth 4.0, it brings lower power and less lag.
Valve suddenly needs to build an ARM powered, fast, cheap, Bluetooth 4.0, 1080P Wifi equipped box and they might as well add some media center stuff while they are at it. Hmm....Sound familiar? Valve suddenly needs to build an Apple TV. They don't want to do that, they don't want to do hardware. Not now. But Apple would not mind some help making that hobby sell. Valve is who they Need. That, is why Tim Cook needs Valve. What they can do with this is capable of murdering Sony and Nintendo, but even more importantly, it can murder Roku and Google TV, and one day, anyone want a cable box that can also do Xbox 360+ level games?