Recently published Apple patent applications could hint to the next generation of the Apple TV, which, as it appears, will receive TiVo-like capabilities. The document describes a system that is separated into three parts - a video processing device, a storage device as well as a remote control that resembles the look of the original iPod.
The remote apparently will be used as a navigation device to select, play and record content as well as a search tool. The patent applications reveal that users will be able to use the input device to create search terms within a program guide using the click wheel as well as a virtual keyboard.
Apple Insider has posted a detailed description of these patent applications.