An Apple Television
People have been speculating about an Apple-branded television since Steve Jobs mentioned the idea in his biography. "I'd like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use," Jobs told his biographer, Walter Isaacson. "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."
I mused that it would happen last year, but now it looks like a rollout may take place in 2013. Some analysts on Wall Street are saying the same thing.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicts Apple will launch a television set in November 2013, selling between $1,500 and $2,000. "We expect the beauty of the design to be a feature, but the most important feature will be the ability to use the TV as the main interface for the living room across multiple devices. We believe the TV will include Siri and FaceTime. The biggest item unlikely to come with the TV will be unbundled channels," Munster wrote in his note.
I think we may get one earlier than November, perhaps as early as March. Apple has moved up the iPad release to October, the iPhone is in September and Macs may be refreshed in June. Spring is open on Apple's calendar.