Apple Television Will Respond To Users’ Voice And Movements, Stream Content And Lots More

Ever since an excerpt from Steve Jobs biography revealed that he felt that he had finally cracked integrated Television sets, the chatter about Apple possibly releasing Televisions sets has got louder.

So far we’ve heard the following rumors and speculations about the Apple branded Television:

Wall Street Journal has just added some credibility to the rumors and speculations about an Apple branded television set. In a post titled “Apple plots its TV assault”, the publication that has a good track record when it comes to Apple product rumors and considered by many as Apple’s unofficial mouthpiece provides some interesting details about Apple Television plans:
  • Apple executives have discussed their vision for the future of TV with media executives at several large companies, according to people familiar with the matter.
  • Apple is also working on its own television that relies on wireless streaming technology to access shows, movies and other content
  • In the recent meetings with media companies, the Apple executives, including Senior Vice President Eddy Cue, have outlined new ways Apple’s technology could recognize users across phones, tablets and TVs
  • In at least one meeting, Apple described future television technology that would respond to users’ voices and movements. Such technology, which Apple indicated may take longer than some of its other ideas, might allow users to use their voices to search for a show or change channels.
  • The company, for example, has discussed new ways they could stream media companies’ content, allowing a user to watch a video on a TV set, then pick up another device, such as a smartphone, and keep watching the video on the move, one of the people familiar said.
  • The TV device Apple is working on would use a version of Apple’s wireless-streaming technology AirPlay to allow users to control it from iPhones and iPads.
  • When the company plans to start selling such a device and whether it would receive traditional broadcast or cable signals remains unclear.
  • The technology could allow users to stream video from mobile devices to their televisions, without a set-top box.
  • Apple has worked on technologies for integrating DVR storage and iCloud, its online syncing and storage service, into the device.
  • The company has also talked to television-service providers about teaming up on new video services for Apple devices. It has also broached the idea of licensing content directly from media companies for some sort of subscription-TV service, resembling the packages offered now by cable operators, but the talks have been “exploratory,” according to people familiar with the matter.
We can’t wait to see Steve Jobs vision of a Siri-enabled integrated television set. There are some concerns that the Apple branded Television will be too expensive, but we expect it to be competitively priced based on what we’ve seen with the iPad, which was rumored to come at an entry price of $1000.

We would definitely be in line to buy one. What about you?

[via WSJ]