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

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


    Here's a new name for 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

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    If it's priced similar to other smart tv's I'd consider buying one.

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    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.

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    I'd totally get one but the name is just not right! They could do better than, "iPanel" thats for sure!

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    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

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    What an original and innovative name lol

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    iPanel?

    Eh..., no.

    Just..., no.

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    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.

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    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!

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    I bet it will be a touchscreen makes the name make more sense

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    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?

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    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$$$$

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    Lol @iPanel.....Screw the tv still waiting for a apple gaming system!!!!

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    I love Apple and buy all their products but I will not buy an HDTV from them. Samsung wins in this category sorry guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nintendo Fingers View Post
    Lol @iPanel.....Screw the tv still waiting for a apple gaming system!!!!
    I hope your joking

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    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.

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

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