Nice scoop by The Verge about a survey Best Buy sent out regarding a possible Apple hi-def TV. [Note: If you click on the link to the original story, it’s been down a lot today due to overwhelming traffic.]
Here is the info from the survey Best Buy sent out. The survey said:
The next 4 questions will be based on this description.
Be one of the first to get the all new 42” Apple HDTV at Best Buy for $1499. Apple finally reinvents what a TV can do:
•42” 1080p LED flat panel display
•Incorporates Apple’s operating system (iOS) found in its current Apple TV set top box which allows you to purchase and stream movies and other entertainment from the Internet
•Download and use apps from the App. Store. Can you imagine playing Angry Birds on a big screen in
your living room?
•Supports Apple’s new iCloud service for storing your movies, TV shows, and music content that you’ve purchased from iTunes and beam them to your Apple HDTV
•Use your iPad or iPhone as a remote control, and do everything from controlling your TV to purchasing new shows and swapping content between your Apple devices and the iCloud service.
•Built-in convenience with built-in iSight camera and microphone for Skype
•In addition to iTunes, stream content from popular sites such as Netflix, YouTube, and flickr
•Available for $1499
The Verge said that Best Buy confirmed sending out the survey, but that the description of the product was hypothetical. Then Best Buy pulled the survey, the story says.
Furthermore, ZDNet’s Sean Portnoy has written that "The Toronto Globe and Mail is reporting that a pair of Canadian carriers is in talks with Apple about partnering for its rumored television set (becoming unofficially known more and more as iTV), and that Rogers Communications and BCE already have prototypes in their office for testing.
"The paper’s sources claim that the TV can be controlled by both Siri-like voice commands and hand gestures (a la Microsoft’s Kinect). That level of control extends to an on-screen keyboard that allows users to interact with the Internet while using the set. In addition, iPhone and iPad owners would be able to control the set through an app on their devices."