Best Buy online survey asks customers for feedback on a potential Apple HDTV

Best Buy is currently running an online survey asking for its customers views on a potential Apple HDTV. The survey suggests that the Apple iTV television could be available as a 42” 1080p LED Flat Panel set that will run iOS applications, stream movies and deliver other entertainment programs from the internet. The cost could be as much as $1499.00.

Apple finally reinvents what a TV can do," saying that it'll run iOS, support iCloud, be controllable from an iPhone or iPad, and have access to Netflix, YouTube, and Flickr — in other words, it's an Apple TV wrapped in an actual television set, exactly as you'd expect.

We are reasonably sure that Best Buy is just trying to find out if there would be a demand for this type of TV set, rather than potentially leaking any new Apple products. Especially when the same survey also goes on to suggest that the Apple HDTV would include an iSight camera all ready for Skype. If this was a signal of Apple’s intent, that camera would surely be ready for FaceTime. It is a bit of a strange move for a big box chain to carry out market research for a product that is currently only at rumor stage.

Source: The Verge

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Best Buy online survey asks customers for feedback on a potential Apple HDTV


I could see $1499 for a 55" or 60" HDTV that just happened to have all those features but honestly, when it comes to TV, I don't need any internet or computer like functionality. I just want to watch TV. If I wanted my TV to do anything computer like, I'd hook my Macbook Pro up to it and just use it as a large extended display. I just don't need a TV with a built in iSight or any internet functionality what so ever. This to me is just add on gimmckry to sell higher priced TV's with functionality we already have on our smart phones and computers. I see no point to it. As much as I like Apple Technology, an Apple TV is one thing I will do without.

While most people would agree with you on this, it does get old and annoying each and every time you have to hook up an HDMI cable to do anything that's related to PC use on a TV. It would be nice to have WIFI and AirPlay built right into the TV like DLNA is so that you can wirelessly stream stuff to it... AirPlay and mirror mode from iOS devices to your TV would be a very nice thing to have. THAT is what a new AppleTV needs to have. It also needs to have CableCard access because otherwise, the built in tuner is useless due to Comcast and other providers requiring converter boxes even when you need the basic channels. Until we can find a way to force those providers away from that via FCC complaints and other means, CableCard compatibility better start being built into each and every TV made... Apple better take not of this one!

To the naysayers who say that's too expensive - I could absolutely see this happening, especially if the other rumour is to be believed: OLED
The latest 55" OLED sets by LG and Samsung were recently launched at CES, and if initial looks are anything to go by, they are absolutely amazing to look at.
However, those sets are also rumoured to launch at roughly $10000 at the end of this year.
So, if Apple could do OLED at 1/5th the price of the competition, they have an absolute winner on their hands!

If it has a camera on it, I hope it has a zoom; I don't sit close enough to my TV effectively Skype with someone.

If the TV's camera also has some sort of record capability and the TV has storage or uses SD Cards as storage, then I can see a use for this TV.. heh heh heh... >:-).
But the Cable issue does bring up the point that a Cable box would naturally be required in order to even see basic cable, much less any sort of premium channels. I don't think Apple is getting into the content delivery business via an Internnet TV are they? Comcast, Direct TV, and Dish Network are too big and have too much power

IF anyone could pull this off , it would be Apple.
I dont see the point of buying this TV myself as I just bought a 47" 3D TV for $900, brand new!

If it can run iOS apps, presumably you would have to use your iPhone/Ipad/Ipod as a controller. So it would almost be like a TV with a built in console (and no need to buy controllers if you already have those devices).
But $1499 seems a little steep for a basic LCD TV that is 42 inches.

Put it like this I just bought a $1699.99 TV for $899.99 (60") MSRP might be $1499.00 but it will be cheaper on sale. Yes it's an Apple, but it's still a TV!

"can you imagine playing angry birds" umm ya I do this on my ipad 2 all day long... durrrr

So is the difference between the Apple TV Set top box and an Apple LCD TV the guts of the box? They going to put the box guts into the TV, or just a dumb branded Apple TV that still needs the Apple TV Set top box?

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