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