Steve Jobs told his official biographer, Walter Isaacson, that he had been thinking about a full-fledged Apple television.
Hayley Tsukayama reports for The Washington Post:
“He very much wanted to do for television sets what he had done for computers, music players, and phones: make them simple and elegant,” Isaacson wrote.
Isaacson continued: “‘I’d like to create an integrated television set that is completely easy to use,’ he told me. ‘It would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.’ No longer would users have to fiddle with complex remotes for DVD players and cable channels. ‘It will have the simplest user interface you could imagine. I finally cracked it.’”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: If Apple makes an Apple television, it won’t be about hardware specs (they’ll be solid enough), but about the user interface, ease-of-use, and a new way to Think Different™ about “watching TV.” It’s not at all difficult to imagine Siri on board (hopefully after having already spread to iPad, iPod touch, and, of course, Mac.)
After it’s unveiled, the naysayers will pooh-pooh it, the Gizgadgets of the world and Apple’s soon-to-be-steamrolled TV set “competitors” will produce spec sheet shootouts pitting it against the Samdung XJ45b-Q11 and/or the Sony QMK-32L-1029, and then millions upon millions of Apple units will be sold in the first weekend after huge crowds line up on launch day.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Brawndo Drinker,” “Lava_Head_UK,” “Lynn Weiler,” and “Will Rhea”for the heads up.]
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