Analysts See Apple-Branded HDTV as Soon as Next Year
Apple has long been known for the secrecy surrounding their new products and also for the speculation and rumor that accompanies them. That's part of the surprise at the news that the late cofounder Steve Jobs conveyed his wishes to create an Apple-branded HDTV in an interview with his biographer, Walter Isaacson. Jobs' allusion to this goal of creating an easy-to-use and fully-integrated TV has set Apple fanatics and analysts in a frenzy.
Gene Munster, a Piper Jaffray analyst, has been speculating about the possibility Apple TVs since 2009 and projects that we should see an Apple TV on the market by 2012 or 2013- and according to CNNMoney, Munster believes the company is already building prototypes. But the Jobs quote, in a book released this week, is the first confirmation from inside Apple of such a plan.
Munster in recent years has made many other claims regarding an Apple TV. He believes that the problem that Jobs "cracked" was combining live TV shows with those saved on users' iTunes and iCloud accounts. Munster has also speculated that information from Asian component suppliers, other industry insiders and Apple's patent portfolio regarding television technology all point to the development and future release of an Apple-branded TV.