Apple’s (AAPL) much rumored own-brand HDTV is among several highly anticipated new opportunities that industry watchers expect to help reverse investor sentiment once it launches. But according to a recent survey of 3,910 consumers polled by online buying guide Retrevo, high interest in Apple’s upcoming “iTV” won’t necessarily translate into sales. 69% of all people surveyed said they might consider a purchase of an HDTV from Apple, and that number shot up to 81% among those polled who were already iPhone or iPad owners. But only 15% of shoppers said they would “feel comfortable” buying an Apple television, compared to 39% who would feel comfortable buying a Sony (SNE) TV and 51% comfortable with Samsung (005930) TVs. On the plus side, however, 22% of those polled (and 30% of current iPhone and iPad owners) said they would hold off on buying a TV from another vendor if they knew Apple planned to unveil an HDTV of its own.
It has been widely reported that Apple (AAPL) is interested in releasing a high-definition television that would potentially revolutionize the market. The so-called “iTV“ is rumored to feature an aluminum build, Siri functionality, FaceTime video calling, and more. Although nothing has been confirmed, Apple’s most recent hire suggests that the company is at least toying with the idea of releasing an HDTV. More →
So, how could Apple (AAPL) “revolutionize” the television? How about by providing full three-dimensional projections in your living room? StreetInsider reports that Morgan Stanley analysts Katy Huberty and Jerry Liu have outlined some possibilities for what features an Apple HDTV could deliver based on patents the company has filed over the last several years. The most interesting feature the analysts outlined was a “groundbreaking 3D imaging and display system that optically detects human positions and motions, projects virtual objects onto a display area, and provides audio and visual feedback.” More →
While speculation on a Siri-powered Apple HDTV or “iTV” has been rampant for much of the year, Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook has never actually hinted that the company was working on a TV until now. In an interview with NBC’s Rock Center with Brian Williams show set to air on Thursday at 10:00 p.m. EST, Cook is asked what the next big thing for Apple is. Cook’s response: “When I go into my living room and turn on the TV, I feel like I have gone backwards in time by 20 to 30 years. It’s an area of intense interest. I can’t say more than that.” More →
Apple’s highly anticipated high-definition television may launch ahead of the holidays this year, according to a new report. Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White on Thursday relayed a report from Chinese-language 21cbh.com claiming that Apple manufacturing partner Hon Hai is scheduled to begin receiving LCD panels for the Apple HDTV in the third quarter this year. Earlier reports suggested that the rumored Apple television will not launch until some time in 2013 or even 2014, but this new report may add weight to rumors that the new Apple TV will be released in the fourth quarter this year. More →
We do not expect Apple to announce the high definition television it is widely rumored to be working on during the annual Worldwide Developer Conference later today, however the Cupertino-based company could begin to lay the groundwork for the device. BGR reported last month that Apple may demonstrate a new version of its TV operating system during its WWDC keynote, and the company is expected to finally allow third-party developers and manufacturers to develop solutions for its Apple TV set-top box. Such a move could be made in part to ensure that a variety of third-party apps are available ahead of its HDTV launch. Various details surrounding the rumored “iTV” have been reported by a dozen or more sources over the past few months, and now some new purported details have emerged from Taipei. More →
Rumors surrounding Apple’s entrance into the television market continue to gain steam, and a recent report suggests that Apple plans to unveil its debut HDTV next week at the annual Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco. In a note to clients on Wednesday, Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek wrote that Apple may surprise show goers next week by pulling back the curtain on its television set. The analyst also claims that companies including AT&T, Verizon, Rogers, Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom are already testing Apple’s HDTV in their labs. BGR reported late last month that Apple may unveil a new TV user interface tied to its Apple TV set-top box at WWDC, however a physical TV announcement was not expected by our source. More →
BGR has learned from a trusted source that Apple is planning to demonstrate a brand new version of the Apple TV operating system next week at WWDC. This new OS is said to be much more feature-complete than the current OS that runs on the Apple TV, and is apparently the one that Apple’s upcoming HDTV will run. Yes, that one.
Apple’s Chinese manufacturing partner Foxconn has reportedly begun accepting orders to build an Apple TV set, according to Chinese news website Sina. The publication’s sources claim the long rumored iTV is currently in the “trial production stage,” however more details were not given. Earlier this month Foxconn’s CEO denied that his company would soon begin manufacturing a television for Apple. It has long been rumored that the Cupertino-based company was looking to enter the TV market with an HDTV that will reportedly look much like the company’s current LED Cinema Display. The device is said to feature an aluminum casing, iOS, Siri voice controls and an iSight camera for FaceTime video chats. Earlier reports claim that the device would debut later this year, however some reports peg it to launch in 2014. More →
For all the rumors surrounding Apple’s upcoming HDTV, very few well-sourced reports have emerged regarding the high-definition flat-screen television that has market leaders responding even before any official “iTV” is unveiled. Recent claims suggest Apple has an aluminum HDTV in the works powered by iOS and Siri voice controls, but further details are conflicting. A number of analysts have backed away from the idea of an Apple television recently, but late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs’s exclamation that he “cracked” the TV conundrum will ensure that rumors continue to swirl. According to some new speculation, however, Apple’s upcoming “iTV” might not be a TV at all. More →
Despite a slew of rumors and speculation that Apple plans to enter the TV business, analysts are beginning to back away from the idea of an “iTV,” Fortune reported. Richard Gardner, formerly of Citigroup, warned in December that “Apple has not even defined specs yet.” Barclays’ Ben Reitzes in February suggested that Apple was focused more on lining up content partnerships than on the production of a full-fledged television set. And now, Analyst Andy Hargreaves of Pacific Crest called the idea “a terrible use of retail space.” More →
Foxconn Technology Group founder and chief executive Terry Gou has reportedly gone on record in stating that his company will soon begin manufacturing a television for Apple. Production has not yet begun, China Daily reports, and the electronics manufacturing giant is currently preparing its facilities for Apple’s HDTV. The site claims Gou made the comments during a press conference in Shanghai on Friday. Apple’s long rumored HDTV, or “iTV” as it is often called, will reportedly look much like the company’s current LED Cinema Display. It is said to feature an aluminum casing, iOS, voice-powered remote control features courtesy of Siri, and an iSight camera for FaceTime video chats. Earlier reports claim that the device will debut later this year, though another recent report suggests that it might not launch until 2014.
UPDATE: Foxconn denied the report in a statement given to The Next Web. “Any reports that Foxconn confirmed that it is preparing to produce a specific product for any customer are not accurate,” a spokesperson for the company said. More →
Apple’s upcoming high-definition television is real, and it will reportedly feature an aluminum construction, Siri, FaceTime video calling and more. An anonymous source speaking with Cult of Mac claims to have seen a prototype of Apple’s upcoming “iTV” in action, and a number of details have been reinforced as a result. “It resembled an Apple monitor, only much larger,” the unnamed source told the site, referring to the aluminum LED Cinema Displays Apple currently sells alongside its Mac computers. Cult of Mac, which has revealed accurate details surrounding unannounced Apple products in the past, also reports that the HDTV will feature Siri, Apple’s sophisticated voice recognition software, and an iSight camera for FaceTime video calling. Many expect Apple to launch its debut television later this year, though a recent report suggests that it may not hit the market until 2014. More →