Steve Jobs’ biographer Walter Isaacson claims Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics isn’t about streaming music or even headphones — it’s all about video and Apple’s long-rumored television product, which has yet to materialize. Isaacson relayed this information to Dan Lyons, who was writing on behalf of Billboard.
In a recently-released research note, well-connected KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi Kuo notes that the Apple TV set-top box is set to receive a refresh later this year, with the updated device playing a “key role” in Apple’s ecosystem. The new device will include a plethora of innovative new features including motion control, which will allow users to interact with the device without the need for a remote control.
Until now, Apple has maintained that Apple TV is a hobby, and has kept it hidden on its website.
However, it looks like that is about to change as 9to5Mac has noticed that Apple has just updated its website, and finally added Apple TV as a product, just like the Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on its online store.
Just about every device running iOS also runs on Apple’s brand new 64-bit A7 chip. Only two notable exceptions come to mind: The Apple TV and the iPod touch. The latter might cease to exists, but with regards to the former, rumor has it that the Apple TV will be refreshed in 2014 with A7 in tow. The source of the rumor is none other than KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a pretty solid track record when it comes to this stuff. He says Apple’s goal is to sell a little over 8 million of these faster Apple TVs next year.
Ever since Steve Jobs biography revealed that he had finally cracked integrated Television sets, there has been chatter that Apple will release iOS based television sets as early as this year.
However, it seems that Apple’s Television related plans have taken a backseat as the company wants to focus on wearable devices, which is said to be the next big thing in personal technology.
Analyst: Apple will start selling 65-inch and 55-inch Television sets with frameless design in Q4 2014
According to Masahiko Ishino, a Tokyo-based analyst at Advanced Research, Apple will probably start selling ultra-high definition televisions with 65 and 55-inch screens during the fourth quarter of next year.