Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt spoke at an event yesterday where he said the company was talking with Apple, Microsoft, and Samsung about live video streaming. This sounds exciting, and some of you are already thinking about an Apple television, but let’s put things in perspective. What Glenn is actually talking about is bringing live television to different devices in much the same way that Roku has a Time Warner application.
A couple of months back, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White claimed that Apple will be launching a 60-inch television with a ring-like accessory to be placed on the user’s finger that would act like a motion controller. Today, White released another research note doubling down on his theory of the “iRing” motion controller for the Apple television along with iPad-like second screen accessories.
Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher are currently interviewing Apple’s CEO Tim Cook at the AllThingsD’s D11 Conference.
Shortly after asking Tim Cook about whether Apple was losing its cool factor, Kara Swisher not surprisingly asked him about the status of the rumored Apple Television. At last year’s D10 conference, Tim Cook had said that it was an “intense area of interest”.
Analyst: Apple Could Launch 60-inch ‘iTV’ in Late 2013 With ‘iRing’ Motion Control and ‘mini iTV’ Auxiliary Screens
After taking a back seat for sometime, it looks like the Apple Television set rumors are back.
DigiTimes reports that according to their supply chain sources, Apple is working on Ultra HD or 4K (3840×2160 resolution) television set. The ultra-high quality definition is four times as sharp as standard quality high definition.
Although Apple calls the Apple TV a “hobby” it is an interesting product to watch, since it is indicative of the company’s future in the living room entertainment market segment. To emerge as a dominant player in this area, Apple’s looking for software engineering managers who are capable enough to lead the development of “next generation” features of the Apple TV.
Shortly after rumors of an Apple TV media event in March were debunked, TechCrunch contributor MG Siegler, based on his own sources, claims that Apple’s lining up something TV related for this fall. While he doesn’t have any specifics as to whether this would be about Apple’s long rumored full-fledged television or an SDK, he believes that third party apps would be a vital part of the equation.