For the past few years Apple has been rumored countless times to be planning an attack on the TV industry with an actual TV set of its own – often referred to as the “iTV.” The device could be a more serious product than Apple’s billion-dollar Apple TV hobby, but the company is yet to make such plans official. However, one more piece of the puzzle seems to have been uncovered: A company with expertise in high-resolution display technology that could be used for big screen TVs was forced to admit that one of its largest clients is Apple. More →
Designer Martin Hajek imagined what Apple’s rumored iTV might look like when Apple is finally ready to launch it, and came up with two TV designs based on Apple’s current iMac desktops. However, Hajek bumped the screen size to 55 inches and gave one of the models a gold paint job similar to the gold iPhone 5s. Furthermore, the designer imagined a curved iTV model as well, also generally based on the latest iMac model but featuring a curved display. More →
It looks like Apple fans can expect the company’s voice and gesture control technology to kick into high gear in the coming years. According to a report from Israeli newspaper Calcalist, Apple has acquired Israel-based PrimeSense. The company bills itself as a “natural interaction solutions” provider, and it is best known for having created Microsoft’s Kinect sensor, which allows Xbox users to control their consoles with voice commands and to control gameplay simply by moving their bodies. Kinect, of course, become the fastest-selling consumer electronics device on record following its debut in 2010. More →
While at least one analyst (with a terrible track record, we might add) continues to insist that Apple’s own-brand television set will debut in 2014, reports from more reliable sources suggest otherwise. DisplaySearch on Monday stated that Apple scrapped its plans to debut HDTVs in 2014 in order to focus more on wearable computing. Now, the most reliable Apple analyst on the planet has reaffirmed that notion and stated that we’re still at least two years away from seeing Apple launch a flat panel HDTV. More →
Apple’s mythical television, which has gained the status of Bigfoot and UFOs in the technology media world, has again been reportedly put on hold. DisplaySearch’s supply chain sources claim that Apple has cooled to the idea of releasing its own television set in 2014 and will instead focus on wearable computers such as smartwatches. The big hangup for Apple right now, claims DisplaySearch, isn’t the television’s hardware or software but the content it will offer with its new “iTV.” More →
Monday night on Apple’s earnings call, CEO Tim Cook talked about new product categories in his opening remarks. While this isn’t new news, his further explanation hinted at what Apple could be cooking up next in Cupertino. ”In terms of new product categories, specifically if you look at the skills that Apple has from hardware, software and services and at incredible app ecosystems, these set of things are very, very unique,” Cook said on the call. “I think no one has a set of skills like us and we obviously believe that we can use our skills in building other great products that are in categories that represent areas where we do not participate today. So we’re pretty confident about that.” More →
New iPad tablets are on all of our minds Tuesday morning but after something of a drought on “iTV” speculation, a new report claims Apple will debut two new television models late next year. Speaking with Bloomberg recently, Advanced Research analyst Masahiko Ishino stated that Apple is indeed still developing a high-definition flat panel television and it will launch two versions of the HDTV in 2014. According to the report, Apple will release a 55-inch HDTV priced at about $1,500 and a 65-inch model priced around $2,000, and both televisions will feature “ultra HD” 4K resolution. Ishino says that Apple’s TVs will feature a borderless design, displays supplied by LG Display, graphics processors supplied by Samsung and Gorilla Glass 3 glass sheets supplied by Corning.
It’s not a rumor, but a fact that Apple is looking at bringing a game-changing TV experience out of Cupertino. We just don’t know when or how. Or do we? Generally when the Apple TV is discussed, it takes the form of either the current Apple TV, which is a set-top box, or an Apple-branded high-definition television set. I am still not convinced Apple will make its own television, though it’s certainly possible. However, a company that prides itself on the end experience would face many obstacles with a 46-inch or even larger TV. More →
Apple has apparently grown tired of playing nice with the incumbent cable providers. Unnamed sources tell Quartz that the company has started employing “a new strategy of talking directly to content providers” for a long-discussed Internet television service after “years of halting negotiations with cable companies haven’t gotten Apple much closer to its grand vision for television.” Quartz says that Apple is now in talks with HBO, ESPN and Viacom to bring content to a future online television platform that would presumably compete with incumbent cable providers. More →
Yes, rumors about Apple releasing its own television set are still flying around. Taiwan’s Economic Daily News claims that Apple, Foxconn and Corning are all hard at work on making a “fully flat” television set that will supposedly come to market in 2014. The Economic Daily News’ sources also say that Apple is testing out two different TV models that measure in at 55 inches and 60 inches. We’ve been down this road again and again with Apple’s long-rumored iTV, however, so this latest report could very well be the latest piece of industry chatter that doesn’t amount to anything.
Apple has plenty of new products in store for consumers in 2013, including new iPhones, new iPads, a new iPad mini and new computers. According to Forbes, however, Apple won’t really launch anything “new” anytime soon. Forbes contributor Haydn Shaughnessy on Wednesday writes that we won’t see any new iconic products like the iPad, iPhone or MacBook Air from Apple in 2013. Apple does have a couple of new products like the “iWatch” and “iTV” in development, but according to Shaughnessy they won’t see the light of day this year due to various issues. More →
Apple’s ‘iTV’ said to launch this year with ‘major innovation that will revolutionize the TV experience’
Apple’s (AAPL) own-brand HDTV has reportedly been in the works for years now, and it will finally debut later this year according to a new report. Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White, who has reported accurate details about unannounced Apple products in the past, is currently meeting with supply chain sources in China and Taiwan. During his travels, the analyst gleaned information from unnamed sources that has him convinced that Apple will finally launch its “iTV” in the second half of 2013. And beyond the inevitable excitement among Apple fans as the company enters a new market, White says Apple’s HDTV will include some innovative new features that will make it a game-changer. More →
Apple’s (AAPL) “iTV” is a lot like Guns’N'Roses’ chronically delayed Chinese Democracy album: Eventually the rumors about its existence will come true and it will finally be released for public consumption. The latest iTV rumors come to us from Digitimes, which claims that Apple is building a 4K Ultra HD television set with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels that will release either in late 2013 or early 2014. Don’t worry about the iTV’s impact on the supplies of iPhones and iPads, however: Unnamed sources tell Digitimes that Apple is “banking on LG Display (LPL) to be able to mass produce Ultra HD TV panels by the second half of the year” while freeing up other Apple component suppliers to work exclusively on other gadgets.