Apple's much-rumored big-screen TV effort – the one that CEO Tim Cook recently called "an area of intense interest" – is merrily cranking along in a Foxconn factory. So says a source at Hon Hai Precision Industry, Foxconn's parent company, according to Focus Taiwan. The scuttlebutt is that tests of "several designs" of the …
Not that I think Apple is dumb enough to think they can make big money on a TV.
Don't think Apple's game is to get people to upgrade their TV every 24 months. It's a fallacy that most Apple users upgrade their kit every 2 years anyway - I still see plenty of 4+ year old iPhone 3GS is daily service - my friend has one and is just about considering an upgrade but only because he likes how thin the '5' is and that it's got a great camera.
Anyway - with the TV it will be able selling the content and most probably 'apps' (including games etc.) - my crystal call still sees a subscription media service - imagine if they let you stream anything in iTunes music, TV shows or movies for £10-15 a month and instead of having to watch TV on a schedule it included DVR functions to record it.
Lastly - Apple did this with 'music' - I admit cracking TV is at least as hard but not sure the TV networks / content providers can afford not to move with the times a bit.
Not sure why everyone assumes it will be so expensive - Macbook Air - it's about the same as the other (ultranotebooks), Macbook Retina - nothing to compare it to, iPhone - perhaps something like a S3 is 20% cheaper (but it has to be) and it's not as well made or come with the same service.
I don't expect this to be popular but not sure the raw Apple 'premium' is much more than about 10% difference and if that meant buying a £950 Apple smart TV instead of an £850 Samsung one I can see a lot of people buying it. I imagine they are not going after the £300 TV end of the market in the same way they do not sell £150 phones or 'netbooks' - but for those £99 or $99 will get you an Apple TV external box.
"S3 is 20% cheaper (but it has to be) and it's not as well made or come with the same service"
Way to fool yourself!
Of course it's not as well made. It's not aluminium. Any fule kno that if it's got an aluminium case it must be better, regardless of what kind of crap is inside that case or how useless the operating system is.
>regardless of what kind of crap is inside that case
'Obviously!' is generally ignorant. Inside the case of the iPhone 5 is one of the fastest ARM-based phone SOCs around.
Performance obviously depends on workload, but it's clear the iPhone 5 is a big step forward from the 4S and tends to outperform the latest ARM based Android smartphones. As the rest of the ARM based SoC players move to Cortex A15 designs they should be able to deliver faster devices in the first half of 2013.
Is your TV room big enough for a big-screen Samsung television, Mr. and Ms. FanDroid?
So come on ElReg a little balance please.
My room is big enough for my LG 46 in TV so i'd expect it to be big enough for the Apple/Panasonic/Samsung/Sony device that will eventually replace it.
However, any TV that does replace my current LG device must have a built-in FreeSat tuner. No FreeSat tuner then your TV won't even make it onto the list of contenders no matter who's badge is on the front.
Re: Room size
I think the point was that, if these rumours are correct, you'll only have a choice between two quite large screen sizes. With a Samsung (or anybody else, for that matter) you can get any screen size that suits you, from 15" to 90".
But then again, the last thing the really rabid iFans need or want is choice.
that Apple will soon have a patent that covers TVs.
Re: I heard
Apple don't have a patent on new jokes that aren't tired- so why not try one?
"the Apple televisions being tested range from 46 to 55 inches, which makes them rather sizeable by current big-screen TV standards"
Typical Rik bullsh*t! Apple tech is crap, release your demons and get with the times.
Obviously!'s posts show he is averse to objective information, like benchmark results, time/motion studies and such. If he specified some alternative solutions and why he feels they work well, his opinions might be worth something.
In the mean time, it's good to know he can be upset by strangers buying what they want!
What Apple secrecy?
Nearly all of their recent products had been widely leaked well in advance of their launch anyway.
I for one...
Am really looking forward to watching fanbois queue round the block overnight for a 46in TV, especially the show offs who insist on buying more than one.
Re: I for one...
"especially the show offs"
You can't show off inferior, last decades tech!
That;s like saying, "Hey look at my morris minor"
When will they learn?
Re: I for one...
Please O wise one, tell us what your recommendations are for today's tech. Personally I like Panny.
the Apple televisions being tested range from 46 to 55 inches
An Apple spokesman added "we don't see smaller screens as being usable ... if we made a 32 inche screen then we'd have to supply it with a telescope so people could see it"
Is your TV room big enough for a big-screen Apple television, Mr. and Ms. Fanboi?
If it isn't then thats because your not housing it right!
The screen will be lower resolution than expected. It'll also lack GPS.
Is your TV room big enough
No problem, just buy a bigger house, no big deal.
What existing patents will Apple dream up for TV and call them their own.
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