Analyst sees Apple HDTV in selection of sizes at varying pricepoints

Following up on our report earlier this week concerning Apple tapping Sharp to supply the displays for its rumored HDTV, analyst Gene Munster - who has been pushing the prospect of an Apple HDTV for years now - laid out some details regarding what to expect should Apple actually release their take on America's favorite modern day past time.

Following up on our report earlier this week concerning Apple tapping Sharp to supply the displays for its rumored HDTV, analyst Gene Munster - who has been pushing the prospect of an Apple HDTV for years now - laid out some details regarding what to expect should Apple actually release their take on America's favorite modern day past time.

Munster's talking points were recently delivered at a Future of Media conference on Wednesday morning and were subsequently relayed by Business Insider.

First off, this mythical Apple HDTV will come in a number of varying sizes. This of course isn't typical Apple style to the extent that they enjoy starting off with a single product and expanding the product line once the original proves successful. But in the HDTV world, Apple doesn't have that same luxury. Some folks need that big 46-inch TV and some are happily satisfied with a 26-inch set for their bedroom. To this end, it makes sense that for Apple to truly compete in the HDTV market it would need a range of hardware.

And just what, exactly, will make this TV so special? Well, Munster anticipates the set will seamlessly integrate into the iOS ecosystem, and while it will come with a standard remote, users will also be able to control and interact with it via their iPhone or iPad. And of course, there are rumors that it will have built-inSiri integration which brings with it a host of interesting possibilities.

Also on deck, says Munster, will be the ability to download media content from iTunes. So in a certain regard, think of an Apple HDTV as being an HDTV with a built-in Apple TV component. Of course, this rumored HDTV will offer a whole lot more, such as the ability download and play apps on the big screen.

As for content, forget about streaming. This will be a regular ole' TV reliant upon the cable companies for content as Apple, Munster correctly points out, doesn't have enough content to bypass the cable companies completely.

Now its easy to take Munster's comments with a grain of salt. After all, he's been talking about an Apple HDTV for years now and he's hardly proven accurate in the past regarding Apple's product roadmap. But given the other rumblings towards an Apple HDTV as of late, we're inclined to give Munster the benefit of the doubt.

Perhaps its wishful thinking, but Munster anticipates an Apple HDTV to hit stores sooner rather than later. And as always, they'll be priced at a premium, at "twice the prevailing market price for a normal TV" Munster believes.

via Business Insider

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