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Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White is out with a new research note today outlining a remarkable set of features for Apple's rumored television set product, claiming that the TV could launch later this year. White believes that the television will be available as a 60-inch model, with 50-55 inch models also potentially being available.

In a new addition to the Apple television rumor roundup, White's report claims that Apple will revolutionize the television market with an "iRing" device to facilitate motion control of the device.
[W]e believe Apple will release a miniature device called "iRing" that will be placed on a user's finger and act as a navigation pointer for "iTV"', enhancing the motion detection experience and negating some of the functionality found in a remote.
White also believes that Apple's "iWatch" will play into Apple's television ecosystem, complementing the iRing to support interactive TV services and phone calls.

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Beyond the basic television set, White claims that Apple will be releasing auxiliary screens similar to iPads, with the devices allowing users to watch their television content on wireless devices within range of the larger television.
"iTV" will come with a "mini iTV" screen that will seamlessly allow users to view content on this smaller, 9.7-inch screen, while also opening up use cases around home security, phone calls, video conferencing and other areas. As part of this experience, Siri and FaceTime will be important. Essentially, we believe the "mini iTV" screens will be able to capture content from the 60-inch "iTV" across a distance of up to 200 meters, allowing a user to view "iTV" content in the kitchen, washroom, garage, bedroom, backyard, etc.
White claims that the basic iTV package would include one such mini iTV, with customers able to add on additional screens up to a maximum of four. He notes that while some aspects of the mini iTV would be similar to the full-size iPad and thus benefit from manufacturing efficiencies, they would have much more limited functionality and features.

White believes that the entire iTV package would be priced at $1500-$2500 depending on how many auxiliary mini iTVs are ordered, with some service providers perhaps subsidizing the cost to draw in customers.

Several of White's new claims appear to a fleshing out of his previous reports that have cited motion control and "iPad-like" touchscreen remotes. Still, while Apple has been said to be trying to revolutionize the television industry, White's reported feature set seems difficult to believe and has so far been uncorroborated.

After a lull in Apple television rumors while many observers turned their attention toward the company's iWatch efforts, reports on the iTV are beginning to ramp up again with White's report coming on the heels of rumors of a 4K "Ultra HD" set perhaps launching late this year or early next year.

Article Link: Analyst Claims 60-Inch 'iTV' Could Launch in Late 2013 With 'iRing' Motion Control and iPad-Like Auxiliary Screens
 

negativzero

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Man, I really want what some of these analysts are smoking when they came up with the reports.
 

Kutuzov

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I wonder how he figures that some service providers will subsidize a TV. Apple usually provides great service themselves and creates strong incentives not to subsidize their products. That's why the prices of Apple computers are so similar in different stores.
 

beeblebrox00

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interesting that it will come with the TV

You can do similar things with a samsung TV and a galaxy tablet. I know samsung had some success when they ran a promotion where you got a free Galaxy tablet with certain tvs.
 

Jimrod

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I thought Apple couldn't call it "iTV", maybe just in the UK? ITV is one of Britain's main terrestrial television channels and has been for decades. I seem to remember some legal thing happened about this but not sure...
 

applesith

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Oh good, let's hope WSJ says buy on this empty speculation then sell like crazy on disappointment and surprise at EoY.
 

apple_iBoy

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Ohhh man. I have about $3800 in credit at Apple and was waiting to see what they might have in store with Mac Pro this year...these TV rumors give me pause though.
 

turtlez

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In four hours from now... "Samsung introducing S-Ring enhanced motion control for their upcoming 60" sTV" :p
 

Santabean2000

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I'm an analyst... Apple will make XYZ and anything else I can dream up. If I make 100 'predictions' something might get close.


This is not even a rumor.
 
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turtlez

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Ohhh man. I have about $3800 in credit at Apple and was waiting to see what they might have in store with Mac Pro this year...these TV rumors give me pause though.

why would you consider putting a TV in front of a work machine? lol
 

jabingla2810

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How do I become an analyst?

Seems like such an easy job, to just tell people what you think might happen at some point in the future!
 

troop231

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Every iTV purchase includes an iRing, which grants you a tour at the iMothership once it's completed.
 

turtlez

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I thought Apple couldn't call it "iTV", maybe just in the UK? ITV is one of Britain's main terrestrial television channels and has been for decades. I seem to remember some legal thing happened about this but not sure...

well the official name has not been released, rumor sites and analysts just call it that because that is the trend name at the moment.
 
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