An Apple TV, not Apple TV

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Kennedy, Mar 2, 2009.

  1. Kennedy macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2009
    Why doesn't Apple make high-end television sets? Dell tried it, but c'mon, it's Dell. Apple is fairly renowned for their displays, imagine the hullaballoo over an actual TV? Or maybe they're waiting for OLED to develop and HD to take over are the norm. I think it would be sick, they'd be one of the only US television manufacturers (possibly the only high-end one, I can't think of any others...).

  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Yeah, how 'bout 'them' MacBook and 20" iMac displays, there! :p
  3. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    Umm, Apple do not make their own displays, they spec and buy them from the LCD manufacturers such as LG and Samsung.

    Apple actually would face against very competitive brands that may not make this a successful project for Apple, Sony and Samsung has been the top TV brands for years. The only company that is doing better against them is Vizio, which is known for the budget price. Apple would only go into fields that would have a high-margin profit for them, I do not think TVs are going to be it.
  4. Kennedy thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2009
    You don't think high-end TVs have a high-profit margin? I always assumed there was a fairly large one, judging by how much we have to pay.

    Yeah, Sony and Samsung run things in the high-end TV market, along with Sharp and Pioneer. But you know if Apple produced it's own TV, it's brand power would likely put them right up top.

    I didn't know that Sony and Samsung built their panels. I doubt it's Sony, they used to buy theirs from Samsung, and now Sharp. Too bad, Apple R&D could probably put to shame most of Sony's pie-in-the-sky jewelry crap (and you know it).
  5. Kennedy thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2009
  6. TheCookie macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2008
    No, it's actually not that high. That's why the cables and such cost so much (if you're a sucker)... that's where the retailers make their money. And that's why Dell got out of it. Apple wouldn't be able to compete with the Sonys, Samsungs, Panasonics... they'd basically only grab some subset of their existing customer base--probably only a subset of the fanboy base.

    I'd bet they've looked into it and there just isn't a viable business plan to make it work.
  7. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    Considering the :eek: factor when comparing Apple's displays to every other display on the planet that is cheaper, I don't want Apple to get into TVs. I just got a Samsung 32" 720p TV for $499. No, it's not the shiny pretty 1080p model, but it's pretty damn good at $499. Samsung also had a 1080p TV for about $799, but I didn't need to spend the extra $300.

    With SSDs becoming all the rage, I would love to see TV manufacturers putting small ones in certain models so you can install other software, perhaps like ATV software. Add WiFi to these TVs and you could eventually not need an extra box cluttering up your setup.

    I'm a fan of the concept of putting my iTunes content on a television, but Apple TV's software is total crap compared to even iTunes. I hooked my MBP up to that TV and was amazed at the awesomeness of having Hulu and Netflix on a 32" TV. The only problem is I needed my keyboard and mouse. Surely the geniuses at Apple can make the ATV software work more like that instead of like the mentally challenged version of Front Row that is on the box now.
  8. dmm219 macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2008
    I don't think I've ever read anything on this board that I have disagreed with more :)

    Sorry, I'll take the ATV interface before everything else out there...

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