An Apple Television for Next Holiday Season?

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Business Insider is citing Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster in speculating that Apple could release an Apple Television (versus the Apple TV puck-sized device) this time next year as well as a slew of other updates throughout 2013.

Gene Munster has been pretty vocal about an Apple Television coming out. First it was this year, then early 2013, now late 2013. Is he right? Myself (pure guessing) I’d put an Apple Television announcement in late October–early November myself (quibbling with details, but for the holiday shopping season, I think an October announcement might be better). However Gene Munster doesn’t just have predictions for a Television, but the rest of the Apple lineup next year:

  • March 2013: iPad Mini with Retina display, update the little Apple TV box, allowing to do accept apps from developers, and some sort of iTunes radio product.
  • June 2013: WWDC brings us previews of iOS 7, and OSX, as well as MacBook Airs with Retina displays. Look for Jony Ive’s influence over iOS to start showing up here.
  • September 2013: iPhone 5S, a “modest upgrade” from the iPhone 5. The iPad Mini gets a specs bump, and we get a new iPad, which is totally redesigned to look more like the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini.
  • November 2013: An Apple TV comes out. It should cost $1,500-$2,000 and come in sizes from 42-inches to 55-inches.

From: No Apple TV Until November 2013, Says Analyst Gene Munster – Business Insider

As Mac Rumors points out…

We see these predictions as simply educated guessing on Munster’s part, and don’t place much faith into the specifics, but it does serve as an interesting discussion for what Apple might offer in 2013.

These are really just guesses and based on what’s happened in the past. Sure, WWDC should yield OS X 10.9 (codename: a feline to be named later) and iOS 7 (ever wonder what the code names are for the versions?), that makes intuitive sense. Though I think we’ll see Jony Ive’s influence starting to creep in sooner than iOS 7. I’m betting we’ll start to see new icons for apps as early as iOS 6.1 (leather stitching begone from Find My Friends!) For the hardware predictions, sure, why not. we don’t have reasons to say yes or no about them.

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  • Jeremy Taco Patterson

    Can’t see an Apple TV costing that little. They’ve never been known to price according to current industry pricing. I expect the first one especially to be VERY pricey, upwards of $3,500 for the smallest (Probably 42″) model.

    • Tris Hussey

      Don’t know if it would go that high but it will be premium for sure

      • Shrivatsa Somany

        I would peg it at $1799 for a 42″ and $2799 for the 55″
        They will definitely go with LCD panels, since I don’t see OLED panels coming down in cost in the timeframe we are working with.

        And by 42″ and 55″ I mean their equivalent sizes given their popularity in the premium TV market when the set actually comes out.

        What do you think Tris?

        • Tris Hussey

          A lot more than I paid at Costco for my TV…but yes unless there is a manufacturing breakthrough that sounds right. Now, plastic housing like Apple TV (the puck) or aluminum?

          • Shrivatsa Somany

            Aluminium sounds like something they would use. They’ve boasted about aluminium unibody too much, and for too long to use something else. I’m only fairly certain that they’ve got the design and manufacturing processes down pat with the new iPhone 5. Plastic seems like it would be a total cop-out.