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We love the Full HD Apple TV box, however Apple actually is not really so sure: the business has seemed more interested in getting iPads into your living-room than its Apple TELEVISION box.

Apple states the Apple TV is a pastime, but the business is thinking larger. Much, much larger: it wants to sell you the entire Television Set, not a little box beneath it.

In an early 2012 revenues call, Apple CEO Tim Cook prompted again at the launch of something bigger and better than the existing Apple TV.

Is Apple iTV confirmed?

‘With Apple TV, nevertheless, despite the barriers in [the TV set top box] market, for those of us who use it, we have always thought there was something there. And that if we kept following our intuition and kept pulling the string, then we might find something that was bigger.

‘For those people that have it right now, the consumer satisfaction is off the charts. However we need something that can go more main market for it to be a major classification.’

However, it’s possible that he suggested a set leading box, and rumors have continued to rumble on that Apple is in talks with United States cable television companies over a brand-new variation of its existing Apple TELEVISION box.

Stronger hints came in a December 2012 Tim Cook NBC interview. ‘When I enter into my living room and turn on the TELEVISION, I seem like I’ve reversed in time by 20 to 30 years,’ Cook informed Williams. ‘It’s a house of extreme interest. I can’t state even more than that.’

Apple is not really the only one dropping big hints either – maker Foxconn had to negate reports in late May 2012 that it had started to produce the Apple iTV after a tale arised quoting president, Terry Gua, as stating Foxconn was ‘making preparations for iTV.’

More speculation pointing out Foxconn involvement arised in December 2012 and afterwards once again in late March 2013 and July 2013, specifically as the company has chosen to relocate into TVs.

Here are all the reports and speculation surrounding the Apple iTV, which some have likewise claimed could wind up with the definitely unlikely name of the Apple iPanel.

Apple iTV release date

Most rumors anticipate a 2013 Apple iTV launch date. The New York Times says that rate, not innovation, is the trouble: Apple is awaiting the expense of large LCD panels to fall further before building iTVs.

Piper Jaffray expert Gene Munster recommended in November 2012 that the iTV would come out a year later, in November of 2013.

According to Market Intelligence Facility, David Einhorn from Greenlight Capital, recently informed his investors that he believed Apple would bring out its next ‘smash hit item’ – the iTV – quickly.

This allows change in Munster’s reasoning. Earlier this year Munster was asking for Apple to announce the Apple television in December, then launch it in the first half of 2013.

As AppleInsider states. ‘A lot of especially, he expects Apple will introduce a tv set in time for the vacation 2013 buying season. He anticipates the item to be priced in between $1,500 and $2,000, with display sizes in between 42 and 55 inches.’

As Business Insider says, Munster doesn’t provide any reason for his reasoning.

However, some reports in May 2012 recommended that we will not see the Apple iTV until 2014 and these reports continued into very early 2013.

In December 2012 Wall Street Diary sources said that numerous TV prototypes have actually been on the company’s slate for a variety of years.

Apple iTV design

In mid-May a new report from Cult of Mac claimed one of their contacts saw a working prototype of the Apple TV. The report claimed that Siri and iSight will feature (so face and voice recognition then), while the design is similar to that of an Apple Movie theater Display.

The Telegraph says that ‘sources within the business’ say that Jeff Robbin, the man who helped develop the iPod, is leading the group. Apple has actually apparently rejected reports that it’s working with French designer Philippe Starck. Keep in mind when he dealt with Microsoft on a mouse?

However, it appears that Starck was actually dealing with an additional job, a yacht, with Steve Jobs before his death.

On 13 May 2011, we reported that Apple is reported to be in talk with buy TV maker Loewe. AppleInsider composed that talks have entered the advanced stages and Loewe is expected to make a decision on Apple’s offer within the next week.

Apple iTV specifications and display

Engadget predicts an A5 processor and 1080p video – neither of which are a big surprise, granted.

Australian tech site Smarthouse states that the Apple iTV will can be found in 3 sizes, consisting of 32-inch and 55-inch models.

Sources at ‘a major Japanese business who’re associateded with manufacturing the TV’ reckon the sets will have the exact same processor as the honest iPad 3, which most likely indicates an Apple A6.

Smarthouse is not really typically the go-to site for Apple reports, but its report echoes comparable claims by revered Apple analyst Gene Munster, who informed the current Future of Media conference that Apple will make its TELEVISION in an array of sizes.

‘The tiniest one will be 42 inches in size, followed by a 52 inches one and a 60 inches iTV (coincidence or not, these exact sizes are available on Sharp Televisions, too),’ said Gozmorati. This details was duplicated in several comparable tales.

March, June and December 2012 reports pointed at Sharp being the manufacturing partner. SlashGear says work on parts is currently under means. In mid April, Sharp announced it had started production of 32-inch HI-DPI LCD panels at its Kameyama Plant No. 2 – could these be the panels predestined for the Apple iTV?

Apple specialist Foxconn’s moms and dad business has made a rather huge investment in Sharp – does this suggest something we question?

Both business were apparently working together to ‘test’ TV designs in the December 2012 rumors.

Rumours also continue to distribute that Samsung could be heavily associateded with the iTV task, not least due to the fact that of attributes such as TV Discovery, enabling you to quickly discover programming.

An very early 2013 patent, reported on by Macworld, describes ‘a stereo that can be launched as part of its iTV. The intelligent system might determine where a user is in a room, and if they wasn’t within the optimum variety, the processor can customize the audio output, states the application. It could likewise readjust based on which means the user is facing, and the environment that the individual is in,’ Clever stuff.

Apple iTV 4K?

New rumors from the ever-questionable Digitimes suggest we can be seeing a 3,840 x 2,160 display from Apple. Obviously LG would produce the screen. We ‘d be impressed if this one was true, however the reports are not exactly disappearing and reached fever pitch in July 2013. See Is Apple eyeing LG’s Ultra HD panels for its own iTV set?

Apple iTV operating system

As with the Apple TELEVISION, any iTV is most likely to run iOS, albeit in a little covered up form. Compatibility with various other iOS devices is a given: current Apple TVs currently accept video streamed through AirPlay and access shared iTunes libraries. We will be surprised if the iTV does not get apps.

Expect Apple iTV and Apple TV to work more like iOS does on the iPad, the newest iOS 6 Beta for the Apple TV allows app icons to be walked around the homescreen much like on the iPhone and iPad.

That’s actually led some onlookers to conclude that the reported App Store for Apple’s preferred ‘hobby task’ could be en route faster instead of later on.

Apple iTV and iCloud

Steve Jobs informed his biographer: ‘I ‘d like to create an integrated television set that’s totally simple to make use of. It would be effortlessly synced with all of your gadgets and with iCloud. It’ll have the most basic user interface you can picture. I finally broke it.’

According to one source which declares to have actually seen the gadget, the brand-new TV has Siri and FaceTime.

Apple iTV remote control

Munster says the iTV will include a common remote control, and will be controllable with iPhones, iPod touches and iPads, but the real remote will be Siri.

Apple’s voice recognition system will be the heart of the new Apple TV, enabling you to choose networks and regulate the TV’s functions with voice alone. That indicates’ the simplest interface you can think of’ is voice.

However, according to a new patent filed in March 2012, Apple has actually created the design for an advanced universal remote that’d likewise work with your iPhone and iPad.

But could Apple likewise be thinking even more about games? Some sources state so, with an official joypad-type gadget possibly on the cards to work alongside Apple TELEVISION.

Apple iTV AirPlay mirroring

After AirPlay mirroring from Mac to Apple TV was present in the designer sneak peek of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, it’s not a fantastic leap to recommend that the Apple iTV can mirror the screen of your Mac or iPad wirelessly too. AirPlay mirroring is now 1080p with the brand-new iPad and brand-new Apple TELEVISION.

When a prototype was reportedly ‘seen’ it did function AirPlay.

Apple iTV programmes

While the iTV will get content from iTunes and iCloud, it’s not visiting be entirely separate from present TV broadcasters: Munster says that you’ll still need a cable subscription and decoder because Apple doesn’t have sufficient content.

We are uncertain whether it would play well with Freeview and Freeview HD right here in the UK, however maybe a DVB-T suitable facility will arrive as part of a 2nd generation.

As of 6 March 2012, reports were constantly doing the rounds that, as the New york city Post reports, Apple is planning to introduce a songs streaming service this side of Christmas.

On 13 March, Les Moonves, who’s CEO at CBS, states he was the recipient of a pitch from Steve Jobs concerning his network’s participation in a subscription-based service, however turned him down. Apple is likewise rumored to be talking about getting partners included for film streaming.

His reasoning? Moonves says he was fretted about harming the network’s existing revenue streams through broadcast and cable.

In February 2013 it ended up being clear that Apple had employed Brian (Jueng-jil) Lee, a previous senior researcher at LG. According to the OLED Association, he’d been working on a printed AMOLED TV screen.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Lee notes his part at LG as ‘OLED Innovation Development for TV Application’ and he said he was ‘establishing the Soluble Technology (RGB Type) for OLED TV application at LG Screen’. LG remains to be rumored to be involved.

The main concern is whether Apple will open the door for third-party content, like the BBC iPlayer, Sky Go and 4oD and various other apps we’ve actually seen on connected TELEVISION platforms. These might well arrive with apps – the Apple TV SDK will pull on the iTV ecosystem and we are expecting apps to be offered for Apple TV too.

Mind you, it’s likewise been declared that Apple will look for to cut traditional TV service providers out of the content loop.

Apple iTV price

Gene Munster reckons that the iTV will be two times the rate of a likewise sized TELEVISION. Ouch. However, brand-new March 2012 rumors point at a subsidised launch – thanks to numerous partners.

Apple iTV picture quality

If the iTV does appear, it’ll not leave makers trembling in their boots. That’s according to Samsung’s Chris Moseley who informed Pocket-Lint in very early February 2012 that the firm is not excessively interesteded in exactly what Apple introduces if it decides to enter the TV market

‘We’ve actually not seen exactly what they’ve actually done but what we can say is that they do not have 10,000 people in R&D in the vision category,’ he says.

‘They don’t have the very best scaling engine on the planet and they do not have world renowned picture quality that’s been granted more than anybody else.’

Apple iTV gaming and apps

Although many of the reports up until now have actually had to do with the hardware involved in the iTV, games could be a significant focus of the brand-new gadget. Apple CEO Tim Cook was spotted in mid-April at the HQ of Valve Software, the business behind gaming platform Steam. Some rumors are drawing more from this conference, saying Apple can be producing a Kinect-style gesture-based console. However this is most likely to be part and parcel of the iTV.

Will Apple iTV do well?

With wise TVs taking over the TELEVISION market, analysts reckon that the time is ripe for an Apple iTV to be launched. Smart TELEVISION adoption grew from 12 % in 2011 to 25 % in 2012, according to a new report from TDG.