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  • Jobs Biography Hints at Possibility of an Apple HDTV



    Steve Job's biography is nearly in the hands of the public and as it release date nears the number of leaks regarding its content continue to rise. One the more interesting leaks—from a product standpoint—is an excerpt that strongly hints at the possibility of an Apple HDTV being released or at lest in development.

    While many, including myself, have been extremely dismissive about Apple entering the HDTV marketplace (the margins are razor thin) the following excerpt uncovered by the Washington post goes against all the Apple intuition many of us have accumulated over the years.

    He very much wanted to do for television sets what he had done for computers, music players, and phones: make them simple and elegant," Isaacson wrote.

    Isaacson continued: "‘I'd like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,' he told me. ‘It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.' No longer would users have to fiddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels. ‘It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.
    Jobs himself even mentioned, as early as last year, that he thought there was no market for Apple television sets. However, Apple does have a habit of creating markets for products. Perhaps the eventual success of the iPad changed Jobs' opinion. But, the HDTV and cable space is already an incredibly mature albeit flawed market. Rumors have surfaced recently about Apple cooking up something to take down or in the very least make cable companies obsolete, capitalizing on consumer frustration with cable companies.

    The above excerpt by no means is a confirmation that these Apple HDTVs exist, but the last two sentences "It will have the simplest interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it," make me believe Apple has something up their sleeves that is going to change the way people consume television. Honestly, I wouldn't mind jailbreaking my TV.

    Source: Washington Post
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Jobs Biography Hints at Possibility of an Apple HDTV started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      This is coming... sooner or later. Pick & choose TV programs, no more cable bill!
    1. greaseman's Avatar
      greaseman -
      That looks like my Samsung TV, better call the lawyers!
    1. CustomSS1's Avatar
      CustomSS1 -
      It looks suspiciously a lot like the Samsung LED TV I got in my living room, except the cheap apple sticker
    1. expl0itfinder's Avatar
      expl0itfinder -
      I cant wait to see the features of the jailbreak for that!
    1. drkgremlin's Avatar
      drkgremlin -
      price tag will be ridiculous
    1. tayman's Avatar
      tayman -
      When rumors first starting going around about Apple entering the TV market, it was rumored that they would contract Samsung to actually produce the TVs, and that the TVs would run some type of iOS. I would love to be able to just pick and choose what I want to pay for by buying season passes for certain series, but at the same time I like to turn on my TV and just watch something. In todays economy they would have to have set prices very competitively, or offer something that no other TV can(iTunes access). But I'm not sure it would be worth the extra money. But it would be nice to start watching something on your TV, stop it, and finish watching it while on break at work, or on a bus or train on the way to work. Although Comcast already offers something like that on the iPad.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      Apple TVs are going to be way overpriced just like their computers.

      Only Apple fans will get one.
    1. raduga's Avatar
      raduga -
      Quote Originally Posted by NakedFaerie View Post
      Apple TVs are going to be way overpriced just like their computers.

      Only Apple fans will get one.
      No doubt, this will inspire a cottage industry of HackinTVoshes,
      people who mod their old CRTs to make them run some kind of iOS...
    1. syedsufyan's Avatar
      syedsufyan -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      This is coming... sooner or later. Pick & choose TV programs, no more cable bill!
      Except on iTunes. And probably Apple pricing.
      Ugh.. i don't even want to think of a $3000+(for higher end models) in Apple pricing.

      But maybe we're going to get the iTV for real this time.
      Thinking about it, maybe Apple called it Apple TV instead because they wanted to save iTV for their Television set.
    1. babyydaveyy's Avatar
      babyydaveyy -
      Quote Originally Posted by greaseman View Post
      That looks like my Samsung TV, better call the lawyers!
      hahaha I noticed that too!
    1. mmaboi21's Avatar
      mmaboi21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by greaseman View Post
      That looks like my Samsung TV, better call the lawyers!
      Lol this made me smile. Thank you

      I can see this coming but a bit overpriced... However I don't think apples computers(except for the iMac) are overpriced. Your paying for quality and a long lasting device.
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      Hope sooner rather then later...
    1. Sanady361's Avatar
      Sanady361 -
      I wouldn't be surprised.