Ever since an excerpt from Steve Jobs biography revealed that he felt that he had finally cracked integrated Television sets, the chatter about Apple possibly releasing television sets has got louder.
It has been speculated that Apple will launch the television set, which could include Siri for extensive voice control rather than the conventional remote control later this year.
Cult of Mac now reports that one of their “well-placed source” has actually seen the prototype of the rumored Apple Television. According to their source, the television set looks like a big Thunderbolt Display.
Cult of Mac reports:
The Apple HDTV makes FaceTime calls using the built-in iSight camera. The camera is sophisticated, with facial recognition and the ability to zoom into the user’s face and follow them as they walk around the room. This allows users to make video calls from the couch across the room, rather than having to stand smack in front of the TV.
In addition, calls are initiated by Siri, the iPhone 4S’s virtual assistant. “[Apple] used Siri to make a FaceTime call,” the source said.
Cult of Mac had previously also reported that Apple’s Television will also come with an integrated gaming console, which is widely expected to be running a version of iOS just like Apple TV set-up box.
Cult of Mac has also created a mockup of Apple’s Television set based on information they’ve received from their source.
They also reached out to TV analyst Paul Gagnon, Director of North American TV Research for NPD DisplaySearch to get his comments:
Gagnon said he didn’t have any hard information, but expects Apple to introduce a line of TVs this year. He noted that Apple’s Chinese supplier, Foxconn, has invested $1.6 billion in Sharp’s TV unit, which can efficiently make large size panels up to 60-inches. Speculating, Gagnon Apple’s TVs will likely be pretty conventional in terms of hardware. They will not be anything exotic like OLED or 4K resolution. There will likely be two to four models ranging from 40-inches to 60-inches. They will be standard 1920 x 1080p resolution and cost between $1,000 to $2,000 or slightly higher. When might they ship? “Our best guess is 2013,” Gagnon said.
Apple has been reportedly shopping for television set components earlier in the year, which suggests a 2012 launch of the product, but J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz believes that Apple isn’t ready to release a television this year.