Apple Television Set Rumors Revived, To Launch in 2011?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    DailyTech revives a long running rumor that Apple may be getting into the TV set business. (via 9to5mac) These rumors have been running for years with previous claims even specifying that Apple would release 42" and 50" Plasmas displays for sale in Apple Stores. Both Apple's Steve Jobs and Tim Cook have dismissed the possibility of an Apple TV set before. In 2010, Cook responded to questions about the Apple TV set top box at a Goldman Sachs Conference:
    According to DailyTech, a "former Apple executive" has revealed that the company has entered into a partnership with an unnamed consumer electronics manufacturer to build Apple-branded television sets that will come with Apple TV and iTunes functionalities built directly into the television set.
    While the televisions would be manufactured by the partner company, they would be branded and marketed as Apple products. Apple is understood to be shooting for a fall release, although the debut may slip into early next year.

    Apple's own Apple TV set top box has seen limited success since its launch with Apple describing the entire business as a "hobby". Selling an all-in-one solution could address one of the hurdles that Steve Jobs discussed when talking about Google's entry into the same market:
    DailyTech hasn't been a recent source of Apple-related rumors, so it's hard to gauge their accuracy on the topic.

    Article Link: Apple Television Set Rumors Revived, To Launch in 2011?
  2. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    42 inch TV: Just $6999.

    Jokes aside, I think Apple has the capability of producing some very nice TV sets (quality wise) as well as implementing a lot of features like built in WiFi ... hell, just throwing an Apple TV into that in general.
  3. mrgraff macrumors 6502a


    Apr 18, 2010
  4. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009
  5. 42streetsdown macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2011
    Gallifrey, 5124
    i'd rather have more TV functionality on my iMac
  6. appleguy123 macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    I wouldn't want to buy a 2,000$ tv every time some new software feature I want comes out. That's the main reason I like the set top box idea.
  7. important macrumors member

    Jul 13, 2009
    So let me get this straight - Apple can "barely" (by iOS device standards) sell the $99 Apple TV, but they are going to roll out actual TVs?

    Not happening. Just keep adding features (*cough* apps *cough*) to the $99 ATV and they'll move.
  8. Piggie macrumors 604


    Feb 23, 2010
    I could understand, and think it would be a great idea to build the AppleTV functionality into TV's

    TV's which already do other things.

    But I'm not sure making an AppleTV "ONLY" TV would be a good thing, as it will be compared to other, what people are calling "Smart TV's" which can and will do a whole lot more.

    So, yes, Add AppleTV into TV's, but don't make TV's which only offer Apple TV and nothing else.
    Otherwise you may as well get a all singing all dancing TV and plug an AppleTV into it, and get the best of both worlds.
  9. Oletros macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2009
    Premià de Mar
    "blow Netflix and all those other guys away" by bundling Apple TV + iTunes inside physical television sets"

    Yes, nothing can blow away Netflix and all those guys than a very expensive TV with iTunes integrated.

    Oh, yes, is game changing. It's more convenient than having a TV + an Apple TV
  10. smakus macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2010
    Samsung? Doubt it.

    Samsung has their own app store built into their televisions, complete with Netflix app, etc.

    For them to completely abandon that in favor of an Apple pairing... well, it just seems unlikely.

    Apple selling televisions doesn't exactly sound likely either. And the only way Apple is going to put a dent in Netflix's progress over the last couple years is to offer all-you-can-eat subscriptions through iTunes. That won't happen. A lot of this stuff blowing in the wind is likely bunk.
  11. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2007
    Beach, FL
  12. esquared macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2005
    No sense

    Agreed, makes no sense whatsoever.
  13. donny77 macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2009

    What I'd like to see is a standard expansion module on the back of the TV. Then you could insert an Apple TV, Roku, Direct TV, TIVO, or Cable box unit into the slot. the Width and connector would be standard and it would add whatever functionality. This allows one to upgrade their Apple TV, without replacing a perfectly fine TV.
  14. radiogoober macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2011
    lol why would Apple want to "blow out Netflix"? Netflix is on the current AppleTV (and it rocks!)
  15. Arcus macrumors 6502a

    Dec 28, 2004
    of my hand will get me slapped.
    Blow Netflix away? Lets see, all I can eat streaming and as many DVDs as I can watch , mail and watch for $9.00 a month. Ya, good luck with beating that.
  16. streetkid macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2008
    Can't see the love between Samsung and apple to be honest, given their to and fro court battles?
  17. gt1948 macrumors regular


    Jun 23, 2007
    Apple TV sets

    PLasma? you must be kidding. LED or LCD yes but plasma No
  18. appleguy123 macrumors 603


    Apr 1, 2009
    15 minutes in the future
    It might work if Apple could subsidize the TV with a company that offers Internet and cable service(like AT&T).
    52" Apple TV just $499 with two year contract.
  19. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Probably regurgitating a few year old rumor.

    Apple isn't going to sell TVs in store. There isn't room for it.

    Apple will sell improved Apple TV though.
  20. Doctor Q Administrator

    Doctor Q

    Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Forget the TV. I want larger and larger Apple displays on my desk. They don't need anything special built-in. I'll run whatever media app I want on my Mac.
  21. skellener macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2003
    So. Cal.
    Plasmas use too much power. I would expect if Apple did to a television, it would be LED to reduce energy consumption. I don't think they will do a television though.

    I think they should just license AirPlay instead. It would probably make more sense to offer AirPlay in a receiver though, instead of a TV. Then the signal would just get pumped out to any type of TV you want. Just a thought.
  22. paradox00 macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2009
    TVs with an Apple TV dock or ones that supported video AirPlay would make a lot more sense.
  23. bbydon macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2005
    I used to think this but the more i see airplay the more i think they want the ipad too hold the apps and the Apple Tv be nothing more than a mirroring device. Its hard enough to do anything with that stupid apple remote.... the ipad solves that.
  24. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Kidding? Why? For proper movie viewing on a TV, Plasma screens are still king of the hill. Look it up, or better yet, visit and find out for yourself.

    However, that said, I am inclined to believe with skellener. As better as Plasma screens are for viewing film content, Apple strikes me as the company to be more eco-friendly about it and if I had to guess, would probably go the LED route anyway.
  25. FrizzleFryBen macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    I love my Apple TVs. However I couldn't imagine what a full TV remote would look like if apple had a say. Sure Apple TV remotes work because the OS is designed around them. Might be a cool way to integrate some touch into the remote that's actually useful....but with real buttons!

    Either way, I'm sticking with set top for a long time. My LCDs are too new to want to replace within the foreseeable future.

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