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  • Get Ready for Apple's Siri-Powered HDTV

    According to a report today in The New York Times, Apple will all but certainly release a Siri-powered HDTV by 2013 - if not sooner. Sources close to Apple confirm that the TV is, indeed, coming. And it's going to be pretty sweet, largely as a result of Apple giving the standard remote control the boot.

    "It’s the stuff of science fiction," writes Nick Bilton of The New York Times. "You sit on your couch and rather than fumble with several remotes or use hand gestures, you simply talk: 'Put on the last episode of Gossip Girl.' 'Play the local news headlines.' 'Play some Coldplay music videos.' Siri does the rest."

    As we've all heard time and again since Steve Jobs passed away earlier this month, the late Apple CEO told his biographer Walter Isaacson that he had finally "cracked" the secret to building the ultimate connected-HDTV experience. Consequently, Apple's reportedly forthcoming new product line will deliver "the simplest user interface you could imagine."

    Of course this experience goes beyond just playing TV shows or the local news. As the line between television programming and Web content continues to erode, a Siri-powered television would become more necessary. You aren’t going to want to flip through file folders or baskets of content, checking off what you want. Telling Siri to “play videos of cute cats falling asleep” would return an endless YouTube stream of adorable napping fur balls.

    Today's report suggests that Apple has been working on this product since 2007 and only a small amount of work remains to be done before the product is technically ready. So why is Apple waiting until at least 2013 to release it? Because the components are presently so expensive that the high price tag will be a huge turn off for most Apple fans, no matter how ravenous they are for Apple products.

    Source: New York Times
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Get Ready for Apple's Siri-Powered HDTV started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. leram84's Avatar
      leram84 -
      This is all wrong... im sick of this rush to add computer grade functionality to huge time resistant products. TV's (just like cars) should not have anything built in. They should only be used as monitors. All this functionality should be built into the apple tv - a product that u can replace at the ridiculously fast pace of the evolving computer market, but u could keep the major investment of an HDTV for years without worrying about the whole thing becoming obsolete in a matter of months. Cars have the same problem... just create a simple STANDARD mirroring tech and a screen for all mobile os's to tap into, and leave all the gps, music, internet, (even heating and ac) to the mobile os.I actually LOVE the idea of a siri powered living room, but its just like apple to bring us all in the wrong direction for as long as possible for the sake of squeezing outrageous profits.
      i'm sure there will be some sort of method to activate siri. maybe it listens for a certain key phrase that you need to utter to "get siri's attention" so to speak...
    1. rockxz3's Avatar
      rockxz3 -
      It will be an Ultra-HDTV there not supposed to come out for several years yet!
    1. d_animality's Avatar
      d_animality -
      LoL... if only because of Siri and its brand Apple increase the price of HDTV so much.. i would go for 70 inch bravia... after all we all gonna get Bored with Siri someday... as human can never be satisfied... just like the first release of 3D Cinema.. everyone is into it.. now those 3D glasses... we still prefer without it.. :P
    1. Electrodaktylus's Avatar
      Electrodaktylus -
      Quote Originally Posted by 8823 View Post
      After apple really developed the TV and the TV is selling good, I assume few months or years later Samsung and Sony (Both leaders of TV right now) will somehow copy apple like the smartphone.
      And there will be something like DroidTV Operating System!
      Or Samsung Mistletoe (Codename for TV) [I Googled for Samsung fantasy and extreme and it existed!!]
      Droid-TV already exist and is called Google TV, Sony, samsung and others make it. If apple comes up with something revolutionary, it is actually improving on something that already exist. Do your techy research.