Smarter TVs From Apple and Sony
Rumors of an
Apple-branded TV set
aren't new, but recent developments lend credence to reports that the folks in Cupertino are cookin' up something good. According to Steve Jobs's biographer Walter Isaacson, Apple's cofounder was obsessed with the
, and had been working diligently on a genre-defining television interface before he passed. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, a longtime Apple watcher, recently predicted that an Apple television would debut by the end of 2012 or by the start of 2013.
Sony, meanwhile, is
developing next-gen TV concepts
designed to emulate Apple's successful strategy of sharing user content among multiple devices, including TVs, tablets, smartphones, and game consoles.