Apple Is Building iTV Prototypes, And You Can Probably Expect A 50" iTV By Late Next Year [Silicon Alley Insider]
With the release this week of the Walter Isaacson authored biography of Steve Jobs has come new information about the long-rumored Apple television. Isaacson wrote that Jobs had told him, "‘I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use. It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud. No longer would users have to fiddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels. ‘It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.’”
That quote along with guidance released by Wall Street analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray indicates that perhaps we'll see a television screen from Apple soon. Munster expects to see an Apple TV either late next year or early in 2013. Munster believes, based on conversation with sources, that Apple is investing in manufacturing facilities for LCD screens that could go up to 50 inches in size and that prototypes of an Apple TV are currently being developed.
Munster believes that the launch of iCloud indicates that any Apple TV will be closely linked to a cloud-linked media service. I just wonder if the recent price reductions of high-quality TV's will affect Apple's decision to move forward.