~ Joe Panettieri
EXCERPT: What if this next-generation video conferencing technology — known as TelePresence — could be scaled down for use in your living room? Apparently, Apple is quite interested in making that dream a reality. If true, they should give Cisco Systems (CSCO) a call.
Several blogs are buzzing about Apple’s (AAPL) potential plan to transform AppleTV into an interactive platform featuring chat, video conferencing and other capabilities. AppleInsider has in-depth details. And TelePresenceOptions.com, another blog, is connecting the dots between Apple’s concept and the TelePresence market.
I have a slightly different take on the situation. For about a year now, I’ve been calling on Cisco and Apple to work far more closely together. The iPhone should be transformed into a strong device for unified communications — a big area of Focus for Cisco. And later, Cisco’s corporate TelePresence systems should integrate well with consumer-based systems.
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