A new Apple TV concept video takes a guess at how the next Apple TV or the much rumored full-blown Apple Television might look like. It takes the existing UI and adds a number of additional features to it, including Siri, Live TV and use iOS devices like iPad mini as a remote.
The New York Times has a lengthy feature on Foxconn’s efforts to design and manufacture its own hardware products, so that it is not dependant on companies like Apple for its revenues.
Analyst: Apple Could Launch 60-inch ‘iTV’ in Late 2013 With ‘iRing’ Motion Control and ‘mini iTV’ Auxiliary Screens
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.
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.
Last month, The New York Times reported that Apple was working on an iOS-based smartwatch, a claim which was later corroborated by a number of other mainstream publications like The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg.
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.
Apple has been calling the Apple TV a “hobby” ever since it was first introduced, but what if the device had much more potential beyond accessing content (TV shows, movies, music) from the iTunes Store. Its AirPlay capabilities have already shown us that beaming games off your iOS device to your TV’s large screen is a bit like console gaming, but not many games take advantage of that.
Jeffries analyst Peter Misek has told his clients in a research note that according to his sources, Apple may be planning a television related media event next month.
Misek doesn’t expect Apple to launch the rumored television set, but expects Apple to set the stage for the device by launching tools and an SDK that will allow developers to develop third-party apps for the current Apple TV set-top box.
Do you subscribe to HBO? Do you have an Apple TV? Soon you might be able to enjoy HBO programs on your Apple TV. That is if rumors are true. And I bet they are.