Don't be surprised if Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) takes a shot at the gaming console market, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.
How do we know? We don't, but Tim says it's telling that the Mac maker has acquired Israel's PrimeSense for a reported $350 million. The company's 3-D chip technology helped give birth to Microsoft's Kinect, after all, and could be embedded in a newer version of Apple TV for supporting gestures in commanding the device or playing sophisticated iOS games.
Apple's gaming opportunity is huge, Tim says. More than 178,000 iOS games are active right now, the tracking site 148apps.biz reports. Every one of them is a potential candidate to graduate from the iPhone or iPad to the Apple TV. Adding support for gestures or other controllers could allow Apple to challenge beleaguered Nintendo at the low end of the console market, especially now that the Wii has failed and the Wii U is struggling.
Do you agree? Would you buy an upgraded version of Apple TV that supported more iOS games? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know where you stand.