DailyTech reports that a former Apple executive has revealed that Apple plans to launch an Apple branded television powered by iOS as early as this fall.
According to DailyTech’s source:
“You’ll go into an Apple retail store and be able to walk out with a TV. It’s perfect.”
According to source Apple plans to “blow Netflix and all those other guys away” by bundling Apple TV + iTunes inside physical television sets. According to the source Apple is teaming up with a major supplier (our guess would be Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (SEO:005930)), to provide the physical televisions, which will be rebranded as Apple television sets.
This is not the first time we are hearing rumors and speculations of Apple planning to make its own television. Back in 2009, there were reports about this possibility including a report from Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Muster who thought this was a distinct possibility.
Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White also reported in April this year that Apple could launch “Smart TV” – an Apple branded Television as early as this year, based on the data points he picked up at a China electronics trade show.
According to the former Apple executive, Apple could launch the iOS powered television this fall or could get delayed to next year, given Apple’s “high standards”.
Checkout the mockup of what an Apple branded Television may look like below:
An iOS powered television could mean a television set with built-in Apple TV, which allows iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users to use their iOS device as a remote control and also as the second screen.
What do you think? Will you go into an Apple Retail store and buy a Apple branded television? Let us know in the comments.