Front Row, Apple’s underutilized media software center doesn’t really get much love or attention these days. The app doesn’t come standard in the dock and most folks are generally unaware of its existence. For those not in the know, Front Row provides an easy way for users to browse and watch, in full-screen mode mind you, their photos and any type of content from their iTunes library. And for all you history buffs out there, Front Row’s roots go back to 2005 when the app was showcased alongside the new iMac G5.
Now comes word that Apple may be axing Front Row altogether in OS X Lion. Developers who’ve toyed around with the developer preview of OS X 10.7 have noted the conspicuous absence of Front Row. Perhaps the advent of the revamped Apple TV has made Front Row superfluous, or maybe this is Apple’s way of nudging folks into forking over $99 for its new set top box. But we would assume that the simplicity and utility of Front Row would actually help sell more Apple TVs than scrapping the app altogether. But hell, what do we know. I mean, Apple could very well put Front Row back in the mix on subsequent seeds of Lion.