So there has been rumours about the iTV for quite some time. The device is supposed to be a game changer when it comes to watching television or some such thing. But I haven’t been too excited about it.
The company has been selling Apple TV digital box receiver since 2007, which allows users to access content from various online sources, such as Netflix, Hulu (in the U.S.) and, of course, the iTunes store.
But the iTV would incorporate that technology into an actual television, essentially making it a smart TV – a device which many of of its competitors in other markets, such as Samsung and LG, already produce.
AppleInsider spoke with Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets who had recently met with Apple suppliers in China and Taiwan and said the TV come out in the latter part of this year and will “revolutionize the TV experience forever.”
Apparently, if White what says turns out to be true, the TV will have a 60-inch screen (though 50-inch and 55-inch models may also become available). It will come with an iRing accessory – which the wearer will be able to use as a pseudo remote for the TV.
In addition, the iTV is supposed to come with a mini iTV – a 9.7-inch iPad-like display which will act as a secondary screen to watch content on it. White says in the AppleInsider story:
“Essentially, we believe the ‘mini iTV’ screens will be able to capture content from the 60-inch ‘iTV’ across a distance of up to 200 meters, allowing a user to view ‘iTV’ content in the kitchen, washroom, garage, bedroom, backyard, etc…We believe Apple will offer one ‘mini iTV’ per ‘iTV,’ but package options will include up to four screens (i.e., one screen is part of the standard package and pay extra for each additional.”
White says he also thinks the screen could be used for other tasks, such as video conferencing, phone calls and home security. But it will still have less functionality than the standard iPad.
He adds the pricing will likely fall between $1,500 and $2,500, depending on the size of TV and accessories you choose to purchase.