What Exactly Will Be in the Apple TV? (Update 3)
With rumors about the new television set swirling around the blogosphere, we have decided to round up some of the more intriguing Apple TV chatter.
Channing Smith, portfolio manager at Capital Advisors Growth Fund believes an Apple-branded TV could be here as soon as this holiday season. "It could be very valuable to the Apple ecosystem. We don't doubt that the product . We think that Apple will be focused on the iPad 3 and the iPhone, but I can see it perhaps for the Christmas quarter in 2012. Apple has continued to deliver new products in new product categories, and we expect that will continue." Smith is long Apple shares and would continue buying shares at these levels.
This is what consumers could expect from the device, rumored to make its debut later this year:
What It Will Look Like
There has been plenty of speculation about the Apple TV's appearance. Some believe it will look like a larger version of an iPad, but a major question mark still hangs over the screen size. A Best Buy (BBY) customer survey on potential Apple TV features revealed that consumers expect a 42-inch screen.
There is, however, reportedly a 50-inch version of the TV in Jonny Ive's studio. There have been other rumors that the TV set would come in 32-inch and 37-inch screen sizes.
The Best Buy survey also said the screen could be OLED (organic light emitting diode) and 1080p. There has also been chatter that the television set will have a screen from LG or Corning(GLW) , using the company's new Gorilla Glass 2 .
Foxconn's recent purchase of a 10% stake in Sharp for $808 million may allow Apple to secure LCD screens for the television set. Sharp may bring Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide (IGZO) panels for Apple's oft-rumored television set.
This would allow Apple to benefit from Sharp's technology and keep a stranglehold on an already-constrained supply chain.
The features of the proposed Apple iTV could potentially separate the device from other television sets. Analysts, bloggers, journalists and tech pundits galore have spent countless hours speculating on what the new television set will, and won't, have.
From the App Store, to Siri, to iCloud, the possibilities are seemingly endless for Apple TV. There are even rumors that Apple is working on an remote that would control multiple devices, and make set up much easier for the customers. Perhaps this is what Steve Jobs meant when he said he had "finally cracked it" while discussing the television set with his biographer, Walter Isaacson.