Rumors regarding an Apple high-definition television began circulating once again this week when leading US retailer Best Buy ran a survey to determine the feasibility of a 42-inch Apple HDTV for American customers.
Previously, the buzz was that Apple might release an HDTV, possibly called the iTV, likely late this year, with three different sizes ranging from 32 to 55 inches. Many believed the TV set would be inspired both by Microsoft’s Kinect input device (for motion control) and Apple’s own Siri (for voice control) and share the iPad 3’s chipset. These rumors were temporarily put on hold due to the sheer volume of iPad and iPhone-related tidbits being published, but are apparently back following the Best Buy survey.
The survey hypothesized the TV would be priced at $1,500 with iPhone and iPad compatibility. While results of the survey have yet to be released, the thought of the Cupertino-based company releasing an HDTV has mostly attracted interest from business analysts rather than tech geeks. This is a departure from the previous rumors which mostly focused on specifications.
Already there have been a few number-crunchers who have stated their opinions on the HDTV’s feasibility. According to Ben Reitzes of Barclays Capital, Apple stands to earn 11% more profits translating to about $17 billion worth of revenue, pending a fiscal year 2013 (October 2012 – September 2013) release.
These figures would again raise the bar for Apple in terms of profitability, and all it would take, said Reitzes, would be the TV earning about 5% of the HDTV market share.