Engadget is showing off (or is it sister site TUAW?) some interesting strings apparently found in the latest versions of the iOS software (above).  Their take?

New code in the iOS 4.3 beta 3 firmware hints that Apple TV may soon support online gaming. Several references have been found pertaining to “ATVGames” and “ATVThunder” that point to a controller of some sort, leaderboards (think Game Center), a way to schedule games (multiplayer?), and a store front (think App Store, iTunes).

With only 8GB of storage (but a nice USB port in the back) we’re likely to see some sort of streaming-type products at some point.  Speculation is that there might be some sort of OnLive-type of product that streams from North Carolina.

Adding fuel to the fire, here’s are some hidden UI tricks found with a harmony remote that seem to indicate much more is in the works for AppleTV.


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