It appears that Apple was the first to receive samples of the platform – when other potential users were being supplied with blueprints.
The Ion platform makes use of the 9600M GPU, which can easily decode full HD video.
Along with the Ion’s inclusion in AppleTV there is the possibility that it could also be used in the next Mac Mini.
Since it is also paired with an Intel Atom processor – not the ideal fit for the Mac Mini – the likelihood is that it’s more certain to appear in AppleTV.
Extremely compact, the inclusion of the Ion in either Apple product is certain to reduce the case size.