3 A rumor apple might come out with a HDTV pushes the stock a bit up but first of all that would not be a bigtime seller and Apple’s strength so far was to generate products with a complete new spin like the IPOD or IPHONE, well thats hardly plausible for the TV business and there are already quite some smart players with all the tech gimmicks possible. I see rather the stock loosing some ground in the future and some of the big holders of the stock pushing rumors around to get a sell out opportunity.
Microsoft coming with 8 early on the desktop and mobile hints rather too much more agressive competition and I still believe that S.Jobs is the MVP in the team and without him they will lose some ground mid to long term. For now his IPAD will buy time and profits. Also does the Kinetic from Microsoft show the direction of entertainment and some SCİFI movies like minority report. The screen experience has to change and will plus the keyboard is obsolete as speech recognition improves and like writing an SMS which I find enoying – sophisticated speech commands and data mining software with steep intel. capability which will be a game changer for content, which is at use with Intel. agencies will find there way into consumer products soon as well.
Evidence points toward Apple releasing HDTV this year – report
By Neil Hughes
Published: 08:10 AM EST
Apple could launch an Internet-connected high-definition television set by the end of 2011, entering the lucrative $100 billion LCD TV market, a new report claims.
Analyst Brian White with Ticonderoga Securities has been at a China electronics trade show this week, and said in a note to investors that he picked up “data points” that point toward a “Smart TV” launch by Apple, possibly by the end of the year.
“Our research suggests this Smart TV would go well beyond the miniature $99 second-generation Apple TV that the company released last fall and provide a full-blown TV product for consumers,” White said.
He went on to say that although Apple has long been projected by company watchers to enter the HDTV market, the Mac maker now appears to be “moving down this pace at a faster pace than the market expected.”
“The combination of Apple’s powerful ecosystem, industrial design savvy, powerful brand and ability to reinvent product categories could make Apple a powerful force in the TV world over the next few years,” he said.
The biggest pusher of a prospective Internet-connected HDTV from Apple has been analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray. Munster has repeatedly forecast that Apple will introduce such a product in the coming years, with a starting price of around $2,000.
Such a product could be paired with a subscription service to iTunes, allowing users to access content and services at a flat subscription rate that would negate the need for a cable box and digital video recorder. However, White’s note gave no indication of potential features of such a product. Apple also has a great deal of experience with high-definition displays on its iMac desktop, including its big-screen 27-inch iMac, first released in 2009.
Earlier this year, Apple revealed it had invested $3.9 billion of its cash reserves in securing key components for products. Many have assumed that money has gone toward securing displays for its range of products, including the iPhone and iPad.
But Munster said in February he believes that $3.9 billion investment is just more evidence of a forthcoming Apple HDTV. He believes Apple could build a television set up to 50 inches in size, though he predicted earlier this year that such a product would not launch until the end of calendar year 2012 at the earliest.