RUMOR: A6-powered Apple HDTV featuring Siri to range in size from 32 to 55 inches

“Apple will launch their new Apple TV in time for the last quarter of 2012, with sources in Japan telling SmartHouse that 3 sizes are being planned including a 32″ model and a 55″ model,” David Richards reports for Smarthouse.

“The Apple TVs will incorporate a new processor that is set to appear in the iPad 3, which is due midway through 2012,” Richards reports. “A totally new software interface has been written that allows users to call up programs using voice commands via the new Siri personal assistant app built into the iPad, iPhone and directly into the TV.”

Richards reports, “The Daily Telegraph in the UK claims that previous reports have suggested that Apple is working on a new TV. Sources within the company said that Jeff Robbin, the engineer who helped create the iPod and iTunes, is leading the effort.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

26 Comments

      1. Yes; this is obvious nonsense. A6 is not needed for “Apple HDTV” unless it is going to be a console (A5 is already more than enough for any HDTV, even multi-channel one, picture-in-picture decoding), and Siri has nothing to do with either.

  1. I foresee a TV with a replaceable unit about the size of the current Apple TV that will allow for future upgrades. This would also mean a continuing income stream for TV owners not heretofore available.

    1. Apple does not believe in that type of piecemeal upgrading. You either buy the whole product or nothing at all. Is there any TV upgradeable like that? I’ve never heard that being done before.

      Apple could have surely done that much for the Mac Pro, but as you can see with even a machine that could easily been built to easily upgrade processors, it never happened. Besides, the cost of upgraded processors are unbelievably expensive.

    1. And at twice the price. No thanks. The A6 processor will be obsolesced in a couple of years and what will I do for the next ten years if my past TVs are any indication of how long it should last.

    2. Merely my opinion, but don’t buy a plasma if your viewing room has any windows whatsoever. You get almost no glare on a LCD HDTV. Go 46, bigger is better.

      1. Bigger is NOT always better. I live in a modern condo (read: less space than you got even 10 years ago), and 42″ is the recommended limit given the screen-to-seat distance I have.

        1. He’s right; if you have a high quality picture, bigger is better. I have a 47″ LCD in a small living room, and with HD channels and BluRay it’s great. Those recommended distance ratios are way too conservative. With the give away prices on TVs now, it makes sense to go as big as possible. Heck, if I could I’d get one of the Sharp 70″ LCDs. Needless to say, my wife thinks I’m nuts.

    3. If you get a nice Panasonic plasma (VT 30 series) you will be very happy, provided your room isn’t too bright. The color is accurate, and there are no viewing angle problems like with LCDs.

      Apple’s offering, should one ever be offered, will almost certainly be LCD. It will undoubtedly be a quality set, but not up to snuff for many videophiles.

      Also, go with as big a screen as you can possibly accommodate or afford. I have the 50″ and would be even happier had I gotten the 60″.

    1. KSH, that comcast remote is indeed terrible. Far too many buttons of various sizes in odd places. Crazy I tell ya!

      As bad as it is, it’s nothing compared to the atrocious UI of the Chevy Volt. It had to have been conceived by the demon offspring of the outcast engineers that designed the stinking remote! The fact that the Volt catches on fire a week or more after an accident is really a blessing to Volt owners everywhere.

  2. WEAK!!! We bought a 58″ plasma in March 2010 and would never go any smaller since our couch is at least 15′ from the TV. And we have windows and there is some glare on the plasma screen but we usually just watch TV at night so not a big deal. If we do watch during the day and have a glare problem we just close the blinds. Much better picture than an LCD.

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