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  • Best Buy Circulates Customer Survey Asking About Fictional $1499 Apple TV



    Best Buy is feeding into the Apple TV hype and testing the market waters with their latest customer survey.

    The survey describes a would-be 42-inch 1080p Apple TV complete with iCloud, iOS, iSight (guh, itís FaceTime now guys), a mic, and extensive integration with other iOS devices. Whoever wrote the survey apparently has limited knowledge of the rumors surrounding an Apple TV, and even less knowledge of the services Apple provides as the author comments how the camera can be used for Skype. Definitely wonít find that in Appleís future promotional documents.

    Mistakes aside, the surveyís bigger purpose is to see how much Best Buy could potentially squeeze out of consumerís wallets. With all of the features listed, the final bit of information is the imagined price-point of $1499. Wait what? Thatís nearly three times the going price of a featureless 42-inch 1080p plasma display and about two times the price of your average LED display. Obviously and Apple TV will demand a premium over similarly specíd television sets, but the question of how much consumers are willing to pay is something Apple is likely toying with right now.

    What do you think Appleís still unannounced and highly anticipated TV will debut at price wise? Is $1499 too much?

    Honestly, as long as it's under $2,000 I think the Apple horde will be there to buy.

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Best Buy Circulates Customer Survey Asking About Fictional $1499 Apple TV started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      1080p? If I want a low res screen I will look at my 1050p 15" MacBook Pro, a 42" screen should be at least 4k.
    1. peacedog's Avatar
      peacedog -
      I can get a name-brand (e.g. LG) 42" TV for $500. Plus another $100 for AppleTV. Nowhere close to $1500. Ridiculous pricing.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      1080p? If I want a low res screen I will look at my 1050p 15" MacBook Pro, a 42" screen should be at least 4k.
      I wonder if you're being sarcastic or not.
    1. Antman217's Avatar
      Antman217 -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      1080p? If I want a low res screen I will look at my 1050p 15" MacBook Pro, a 42" screen should be at least 4k.
      You're trolling right? As if so many things even support 4k yet. A lot of movies and games aren't even 1080p even if they are bluray. 4k is as useless as 3D was (and still is in my opinion) when it came out.
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      1080p? If I want a low res screen I will look at my 1050p 15" MacBook Pro, a 42" screen should be at least 4k.
      I kinda doubt it would be $1499, but maybe they will release a "retina display" version. I just honestly think they would not do this until 4k is a mature and there is much more content available for it. For iPads and iPhones it makes sense because you hold it up close and the content is generated by programs so it's not hard to use up tho high resolutions. On a TV it doesn't make as much sense since there is not much content available yet.

      I personally REALLY doubt we will see a 4k Apple TV any time soon.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by spazturtle View Post
      1080p? If I want a low res screen I will look at my 1050p 15" MacBook Pro, a 42" screen should be at least 4k.
      LOL not even all Digital Cinema's project 4K, many are running 2K projectors on 42+ Foot Screens. Do you even realize how pretentious you sound?

      The supposed price is beyond a joke. What would it break down as, $500 for probably a Samsung produced display and $1000 for a Logo?
    1. SoldierRican's Avatar
      SoldierRican -
      I got a Samsung UN55D80000Y. It's 55" / LED / 1080p / 240Hz / 3D and it has built-in WIFI and Smart TV for $1,900. I also have a Apple T.V. so unless apple can top all that and the AMAZING QUALITY OF PICTURE then no wouldn't waste my money on a 42" with the $100 Apple T.V. built and a camera. If it meant that much to talk thru my T.V. I would just buy the Skype adapter for mine or simply enough use my PS3 Move camera and call thru my PS3 to friends and family. Another thought could just face-time thru My 27" iMac, or iPad 2 or even my iPhone 4S.

      Simply put at $1,499 for only 42" I wouldn't buy just cause its a AppleTV and I own everything apple.
    1. Cheesey123's Avatar
      Cheesey123 -
      Best buy = best laugh I've had in a while,they have to be seriously deluded to think a 42" 1080p tv would sell for $1499 even if it was an apple tv,either this is a early april fool or someone at best buy needs to be fired for being an idiot in charge.
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      that is surprisingly cheap! i am definitely excited for that
    1. gQstatus05's Avatar
      gQstatus05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cheesey123 View Post
      Best buy = best laugh I've had in a while,they have to be seriously deluded to think a 42" 1080p tv would sell for $1499 even if it was an apple tv,either this is a early april fool or someone at best buy needs to be fired for being an idiot in charge.
      Trust me when I say this will sell. A majority of Apple fans are gullible and will purchase it based on the name even if the specs aren't as good as the next competitors. They'll fall in love with the pretty white glass and hype.

      If they came out with a TV I guarantee you they'll make the biggest size under 50'' and overcharge. Why anyone would want to pay for content when there are so many free options is beyond me. Imagine plugging in a USB hard drive (loaded with content) to the TV and having it restricted.
    1. stulaw11's Avatar
      stulaw11 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gQstatus05 View Post
      Trust me when I say this will sell. A majority of Apple fans are gullible and will purchase it based on the name even if the specs aren't as good as the next competitors. They'll fall in love with the pretty white glass and hype.

      If they came out with a TV I guarantee you they'll make the biggest size under 50'' and overcharge. Why anyone would want to pay for content when there are so many free options is beyond me. Imagine plugging in a USB hard drive (loaded with content) to the TV and having it restricted.
      Agreed. Exactly why a Macbook sells for nearly an equally specced PC. A comparable Macbook to my i7, 6gb, 500gb hard drive, 1gb graphics card, 5.5" 1080p LED screen Dell XPS 15 at around $1000-1100 would be roughly double the cost (START at $2200 without the HD display and 2gb less RAM)

      Of course idiots will spend $1500 on a LED TV, nearly double the cost of a common brand LED TV
    1. desepticon's Avatar
      desepticon -
      lol. Where are you even getting 4k content from? The future? Standard HD is barely getting off the ground and now you want a 4K screen? Patience. At any rate the revolutionary aspect of this hypothetical TV wont be the screen, but the way in which Apple uses it to reinvent the television market in it's entirety. I hardly care about quality myself. What I'm interested in is content - the ability to instantly watch any movie or TV show I want for a reasonable fee. Down with Cable TV. If Apple can do for television what they did for music we will all be much better off.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      How can you be surprised at the $1,499 price point when it's clearly mentioned at the top of the survey BEFORE the features are even listed?

      Either way, as much as I like Apple, I'm still waiting for prices on iPad 1's to come into the mid 200s before I'll buy one. No AppleTV currently in my house, and my trusty 13" black Macbook and iPhone 4 still slugging it out just fine.

      I like Apple as much as the next guy but I'm not brainwashed. Apple is becoming too much about status and less about capturing market share through innovation and quality. It is only a matter of time before the quality is significantly diminishes and we're left wondering what happened.
    1. trigun989's Avatar
      trigun989 -
      lol ripoff

      1500 for 42"

      i have the best sony tv atm 55" led which costs 2000$

      apple fanboys will be fanboys though
    1. Cellular's Avatar
      Cellular -
      Quote Originally Posted by trigun989 View Post
      lol ripoff

      1500 for 42"

      i have the best sony tv atm 55" led which costs 2000$

      apple fanboys will be fanboys though
      Everyone is a fanboy of something, when the ps3 came out I was a fanboy of playstation and bought it for like $500. But my original is still better than those ****** new ps3's
    1. Norb's Avatar
      Norb -
      Quote Originally Posted by trigun989 View Post
      lol ripoff

      1500 for 42"

      i have the best sony tv atm 55" led which costs 2000$

      apple fanboys will be fanboys though
      You're calling people fanboys and then you point out you bought a Sony for $2000?! Hmmmmm

      I bought 55" LG with LED (with local dimming) TV for $1500 about a year ago...
    1. ibivibiv's Avatar
      ibivibiv -
      Quote Originally Posted by stulaw11 View Post
      Agreed. Exactly why a Macbook sells for nearly an equally specced PC. A comparable Macbook to my i7, 6gb, 500gb hard drive, 1gb graphics card, 5.5" 1080p LED screen Dell XPS 15 at around $1000-1100 would be roughly double the cost (START at $2200 without the HD display and 2gb less RAM)

      Of course idiots will spend $1500 on a LED TV, nearly double the cost of a common brand LED TV
      your logic is a little flawed.... in the case of the laptop you get much more in the way of value add than you get with this tv. In the case of the laptop you get a superior OS and a very solid construction as well as the entire Apple ecosystem. In the case of this TV, I don't see the same value add over a run of the mill TV with an Apple TV which is an additional 100 bucks right now. They are actually going to suffer some from the excellent price point of the current Apple TV unit. It does everything that I would want from the described future unit (short of 1080p). I predict a poor initial showing for this if they keep it at this price point.
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      ARE THEY SERIOUS? At that price you can get 3 TVs that do the same thing.
      I but they are serious as its Apple and EVERYTHING Apple is way overpriced because the Apple fanboys have more money than sense and they will pay that stupid high price.
      If it was the same price as a similar TV + Apple TV (So $100 over the normal price) Then I would think about it. but not at that ridiculous price.
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      EDIT: Someone delete this for me?
    1. imnothardcore's Avatar
      imnothardcore -
      Do you know whats dumber than any Apple fan boy could ever be?

      Arguing and getting all butt hurt about a stupid pointless rumor, then going forward and talking about how every Apple fan boy is going to buy it and its a piece of junk no better then your current TV is the most retarded thing Ive ever heard. While youre at it why dont you start arguing over who has the better flying car in year 2200 Honda or Ford. Thats pretty much how this argument looks.

      And also, guy with the Dell XPS. In two years your XPS will be on my store shelf for $250, my 15" Macbook pro will be on a store shelf for at least $1200. Doesnt sound like you made the better investment in my opinion.