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  • Report: Apple's Connected iOS-Powered HDTV Will Be Called 'iPanel'


    Here's a new name for inclusion into our collective Apple vernacular: "iPanel." That's what the long-awaited, still-rumored, but possibly coming-soon connected HDTV from Apple will be called.

    Forget "iTV" or the already established "Apple TV." The iPanel is all about the screen and its multifaceted splendor, not just its function as a TV. That much is being suggested this week by analyst Peter Misek with Jefferies, who says the iPanel is coming in late 2012 and it will be "far more than a TV."

    The much-anticipated television could be called “iPanel” to reflect its potential as a hub for gaming, media and more (and likely to avoid a costly naming rights deal with a U.K. television network).
    To that end, Misek shared three compelling reasons with investors today as to why the new Apple television product may only be months away.

    1. Last week Hon Hai announced a $800M investment in Sharp, and Hon Hai Chairman Terry Gou is spending $800M to buy half of Sharp’s large-panel TV plant in Sakai. Hon Hai is a major shareholder of Taiwan panel maker Chimei Innolux, which has excess capacity. We believe the Hon Hai/Sharp deal is due to Sharp’s increasing importance to Apple and iTV.

    2. Our recent checks in Asia indicate that specialty components have begun to ship to Apple’s Asia panel suppliers with polarized films, filters, and IGZO components starting to move in small quantities.

    3. Our checks indicate that Apple is doubling the size of its already massive North Carolina data center.
    In addition to updating the world on the forthcoming arrival of "iPanel," Misek raised his AAPL price target to $800 from $699.

    Source: Forbes
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Report: Apple's Connected iOS-Powered HDTV Will Be Called 'iPanel' started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. iPittsburgh's Avatar
      iPittsburgh -
      If it's priced similar to other smart tv's I'd consider buying one.
    1. ericwall's Avatar
      ericwall -
      There is a billing panel called "iPanel".

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    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPittsburgh View Post
      If it's priced similar to other smart tv's I'd consider buying one.
      I'd think it would be price a little more like always but it would hopefully also pack a lot more then a smart tv. My LG Smart Tv is alright. I only use one app which is netflix but i cancelled it so i only use the Plex server. Other then that the apps suck, if i want to use skype i must buy another webcam. Its hard to use both on my remote and iphone. Spending $100 more upfront to avoid all these issue is a steal. Not to mention customer support, and how you already probably own a couple things from them. They should always keep the apple tv though.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      I'd totally get one but the name is just not right! They could do better than, "iPanel" thats for sure!
    1. RoloDiva13's Avatar
      RoloDiva13 -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      I'd totally get one but the name is just not right! They could do better than, "iPanel" thats for sure!
      I thought the same thing about "iPad" before it was released...didn't keep me from owning two of 'em, though
    1. Breezer23's Avatar
      Breezer23 -
      What an original and innovative name lol
    1. norfskate's Avatar
      norfskate -
      iPanel?

      Eh..., no.

      Just..., no.
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      I bet this thing is going to be stupid expensive and I bet all the suckers will line up in droves to buy it. Oh apple made it? I'll take 3 please..... Yep.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I just want to see what something like this could/might look like. Right now, I think Samsung and LG are leaders, at least in terms of the displays sex appeal (razor thin, virtually no bezel, etc.) I want to see Apple make what we have now look ugly!
    1. Mrteacup's Avatar
      Mrteacup -
      I bet it will be a touchscreen makes the name make more sense
    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      I bet this thing is going to be stupid expensive and I bet all the suckers will line up in droves to buy it. Oh apple made it? I'll take 3 please..... Yep.
      How is that different from certain luxury cars?
    1. indyracer05's Avatar
      indyracer05 -
      Ok everyone, based on previous experiences, It is time to make a bunch of websites with the domain name iPanel like iPanel.com forcing Apple to pay us for the name$$$$
    1. Nintendo Fingers's Avatar
      Nintendo Fingers -
      Lol @iPanel.....Screw the tv still waiting for a apple gaming system!!!!
    1. Venom1234's Avatar
      Venom1234 -
      I love Apple and buy all their products but I will not buy an HDTV from them. Samsung wins in this category sorry guys.
    1. psilocybin's Avatar
      psilocybin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nintendo Fingers View Post
      Lol @iPanel.....Screw the tv still waiting for a apple gaming system!!!!
      I hope your joking
    1. iFish's Avatar
      iFish -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nintendo Fingers View Post
      Lol @iPanel.....Screw the tv still waiting for a apple gaming system!!!!
      Apple tried that already. It didnt go so well. LOL.

      Apple Bandai Pippin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      While it was kinda ahead of its time, it didnt do well. It also wasnt in the Steve Jobs era.