Will Next-Gen iMac Serve Up Our First Glimpse of iTV Features?
Although industry sources claim that Apple's foray into the connected HDTV market is still a good ten to eighteen months away, Apple fans could get a glimpse at some of the "iTV's" magic through a slate of forthcoming functionalities that could show up on the next generation iMac.
According to a report Wednesday in Forbes, the latest research from Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair indicates that the roll out of Apple's next iMac could deliver some of the aspects rumored to be attached to the hotly anticipated but still mythical iTV.
If Blair's sources and suspicions are correct, Apple may fuse an assortment of Apple TV and iCloud features into a next-gen iMac, which would be a slim machine with a large screen and sophisticated TV capabilities.
“We think this makes sense because while we typically think about the newest TV’s hanging on the wall in large form factors, Apple could effectively start with what they already have on the manufacturing line and slowly push their offering from 27 inches and scale up from there to 32 inches and then move on to the 42, 50 and 55 inch market,” Blair suggests. “In short, we believe the initial Apple TV is their iMac computer that can function as a TV, over the iCloud platform.”
Industry insiders and supply chain sources believe that the Steve Jobs' molded television set with Siri-powered voice input could turn up before the end of 2012 at the very earliest.