Jean-Louis Gassée puts Apple TV rumors into context while a forthcoming software update to the current set-top raises eyebrows. Elsewhere, Microsoft leaks Office for iOS's existence again, and Apple and Google tag team a big holiday purchase. The remainders for Monday, December 10, 2012 are switching on.
The enduring Apple TV Fantasy (Monday Note)
Former Apple exec Jean-Louis Gassée takes on Tim Cook and Apple TV rumors, and does a nice job of cutting to the chase: How does this product help Apple? My best answer: Stops people from constantly asking about the Apple TV.
From future Apple TVs to, er, near future Apple TVs: 9to5Mac claims the most recent beta software for the current Apple TV enables Bluetooth keyboard input. I'm not interested unless it also allows me to chat with the stars of my favorite TV shows as I watch. ("No! Don't open that door!")
The Microsoft Office for iOS rumors continue to churn, as a French site points out references to Office iOS apps on Microsoft's support site (well, in France, at least). What's the over/under on whether or not Office will still be relevant by the time it comes out?
Despite their high profile spats, it seems Google and Apple can still collaborate when necessary. The two are apparently joining forces to acquire 1100 image patents from bankrupt photography company Kodak, for the hefty sum of $500 million. It's a Kodak Google-Apple Moment".