Good rumors die hard -- or sometimes not at all -- in the realm of Apple news.

Consequently, an oldie but a goodie is making its way back into the headlines today courtesy of Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.

Remember all the chatter about a connected Apple HDTV that first surfaced in earnest following the death of Steve Jobs in October 2011? Well, we're yet to see the product in question -- a product Apple sources say will redefine the connected TV category.

But just because we haven't seen it yet doesn't mean we won't. We'll just have to wait another year... or two.

"Given how many times we have predicted a television and have yet to see one launch, it may be easy to dismiss our insistence of the television," Munster is quoted by CNET today. "However, as recently as 9/12 on Charlie Rose, CEO Tim Cook said that the TV is a category in which Apple has great interest in, given the experience is 'stuck in the 70s.' Cook also noted that Apple has 'taken a stab' at TV with Apple TV and claimed that it is an area Apple continues to look at. We also note that in Steve Jobs' biography in 2011, Jobs stated that he felt he finally cracked the TV. We believe the evidence remains that something is there, the question remains when."

So is it coming... or not?

"It would seem that an Apple television is unlikely in 2015 and quite possible in 2016," Munster adds. "We believe Apple still has work to do in terms of developing content relationships and developing a gaming platform. We also believe that ultimately the television can become a home hub as the connected home evolves. Thus the next step for Apple with regard to the television may likely be the introduction of an updated Apple TV box that includes some gaming and possibly Siri."

Look at the bright side. At least now you have something to look forward to... in 2016.

Maybe.

Source: CNET