In a research note to its investors, Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research claims that Apple will launch not one, not two but three HDTV models by March 2012. This claim comes after Ticonderoga Securities analyst Brian White’s report back in April, which said that Apple would launch a Smart TV later this year.
The analyst’s claims are based on the information he gathered from various developer events he attended, which he believes to be 75 percent accurate. The Smart TV claims on the other hand were based on information obtained from an electronics trade show in China.
The key points about the rumored HDTV are:
- Apple’s HDTV would be very similar to the Bose VideoWave, a 46 inch LCD HDTV with an integrated surround sound system.
- The VideoWave has reduced its number of cables to three. Apple would probably reduce it to one.
- Apple’s HDTV would be three times slimmer than the VideoWave and still manage to pack 16 speakers, the same as the VideoWave.
- Chowdhry says that the HDTV would be launched in March 2012, and its developer sessions would be held at WWDC in June.
- The three models would vary in their screen sizes and prices. For comparison, the VideoWave comes in just one size – 46 inches for $5,200.
Picture of Bose VideoWave
While reading this it also also important to keep in mind that this is the same analyst who claimed that Steve Ballmer would speak at WWDC 2010, which we all know didn’t happen.
Apple’s brilliant sense of design and simplicity could make the HDTV a big hit. AirPlay we assume would be an integral part of the HDTV, since it is able to stream even 1080p content over the air. The HDTV would obviously tie in very well with iOS devices.
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