Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Apr 2012 22:13 UTC
Games AppleInsider, once one of the better Apple news sites, is rumouring that Apple CEO Tim Cook was spotted at Valve's HQ. Considering all the rumours Valve is working on a console (more fuel for the flames), this could potentially be interesting. As much as AppleInsider's story is being spread across the web - can anybody actually verify AI's story? It cites no sources, and could, for all we know, be completely made up. Anyone...?
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Simple solutions are rarely sought after in the corporate world because they minimize additions to cash flow.

I don't agree at all. Apple is about fewer numbers of products and concentrating on quality rather than products for everything.

They also have the big advantage of a predictable and stable platform that game developers can write to and optimize for, similar to consoles right now.

Having their iPads do double duty as consoles makes them even more attractive and one more reason for people to buy one instead of an Android/Windows tablet.

A standalone Apple console is orders of magnitude more risky, because they're going right up against the XBox and PS. I don't see how they could win that since they have no experience in console gaming. An iPad console doesn't have to be quite as good as an XBox, it just has to be good enough, and people will overlook the deficiencies because they get a nice tablet at the same time.

Consoles aren't terribly profitable for most companies - but Apple would likely expect themselves able to pull a premium.

Exactly, one more reason why they're certainly not releasing a standalone console. Apple has no interest in getting into cutthroat hardware business.

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