Topeka Capital analyst Brian White has published a new research note to clients in which he claims Apple will indeed launch the rumored television set, unofficially dubbed “iTV” later this year.
He has also gone on to claim that it will come with some rather unbelievable features.
Here are some highlights from the research note:
- It has been widely rumored that Apple will launch a 55-inch model, but White believes that Apple will also launch a 60-inch model.
- He claims that Apple’s television set will come with an ‘iRing’ device for motion control. Here’s what he had to say “[W]e believe Apple will release a miniature device called “iRing” that will be placed on a user’s finger and act as a navigation pointer for “iTV”‘, enhancing the motion detection experience and negating some of the functionality found in a remote.”
- He claims that Apple will also launch auxiliary screens similar to the iPad for the television set, which will allow users to watch content streamed from the television set. He says “iTV will come with a “mini iTV” screen that will seamlessly allow users to view content on this smaller, 9.7-inch screen, while also opening up use cases around home security, phone calls, video conferencing and other areas. As part of this experience, Siri and FaceTime will be important. Essentially, we believe the “mini iTV” screens will be able to capture content from the 60-inch “iTV” across a distance of up to 200 meters, allowing a user to view “iTV” content in the kitchen, washroom, garage, bedroom, backyard, etc.”
- He reports that iTV will come with one such “mini iTV,” but users will be able to buy additional screens up to a maximum of four.
- He notes that the “mini iTV” will be similar to the iPad but will have limited functionality and features.
- He expects the iTV package to cost between $1500 – $2500.
While some aspects of the report such as the “mini iTV” does sound interesting, it’s difficult to believe that the Apple branded television sets will ship with an “iRing” device as gadgets like Kinect launched in 2010 have shown us that motion control is possible through a natural user interface using gestures and spoken commands.
Let me know what you think in the comments below. An April fool’s joke that was two days late?