What if the Apple television is an iMac?

“Here’s a novel theory: The Internet-connected HDTV Apple is rumored to have in the pipeline will be preceded by another device that will pave the way for it,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD.

“A new iMac with integrated TV functionality,” Paczkowski reports. “That’s the latest speculation from Wedge Partners’s Brian Blair, who believes there will be a step between the Apple TV and the Apple Television.”

Paczkowski reports, “‘We believe Apple’s redesign of the iMac in the first half of 2012 will likely usher in some … TV capability into the iMac offering first, effectively taking the high end and larger screens of the iMac line and pushing it toward the TV market by integrating Apple TV and iCloud features into a slimmer all-in-one PC,’ Blair writes. ‘Apple could effectively start with what they already have on the manufacturing line and slowly push their offering from 27 inches and scale up from there to 32 inches and then move on to the 42, 50 and 55 inch market.'”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JES42” for the heads up.]

42 Comments

  1. “But having a 1080p 40 ” display iMac a few metres away would be cool. Add in a BT keyboard with an integrated trackpad on your lap and goodbye desk!”
    Sounds familiar; 40″ Sony Bravia, (check), Mac Mini, w/1.1Tb internal storage/4Gb RAM, (check), BT keyboard/Trackpad, (check). Just what I have downstairs at the moment.

    1. Pretty much what we have in our living room right now. In fact my wife is using it more and more for her regular computer use while the 20″ iMac in her office goes unused. She surfs, watches tv (via elgato eyetv) and checks her email.

      She used to think this idea was silly. If this keeps up, pretty soon I won’t be able to pry it out of her hands. 🙂

  2. I expect the iTV to have a mac in it. I’ve had a mac mini hooked up to my tv for a couple of years now, running Plex, and it gives me everything these other boxes do and more, since I can run any mac app on it. The only thing missing is airshare, but since all my mobile files originate from my network anyway, that’s not something I really need.

  3. I expect the iTV to have a mac in it. I’ve had a mac mini hooked up to my tv for a couple of years now, running Plex, and it gives me everything these other boxes do and more, since I can run any mac app on it. The only thing missing is airplay, but since all my mobile files originate from my network anyway, that’s not something I really need.

  4. If Apple’s display has anything more than a power cord and weighs more than 20 lbs them I’m not interested. All signals from a controller can be connected by WiFi. Today you can buy 55″ TVs that are less than 50 lbs. the only display innovation needed is something that big and light with very low power required so that it can be put in a frame of my choice and easily hung wherever I want it. The rest/controller just needs to be in the area of the wifi which could be integrated with it. Anything else is old technology.

  5. Off Topic: When and why did the Apple store reduce the BTO for the iMac? Used to be that you can check off more video ram for the graphics card. What are we stuck with 512 MB to 1 GB or 1 to 2 GB?

  6. Apple TV will be a beefed up and enlarged iPad running whatever software is needed for the job. It will be thin and beautiful and will include Siri. (Suck on it Dr Ablow).

  7. I haven’t heard any reports that an Apple TV will be a Mac computer. That adds too much to the price for the functionality of a TV. You want a computer? Hook your Air, Mini, MBP, or MP to the TV.

    I think an Apple TV will be an iPad with next gen A-something chip with Siri, running the guts of an ordinary TV

  8. Let’s look at how Apple makes great and successful products. 1.They make high quality, reasonably priced products that can be operated very easily.
    2. Generally they have been able to operate in the higher price range because people are willing to pay for the better utility.
    3. They have gradually been able to expand the number of outlets so that the product can be very easily to find in shops and online.

    All of these criteria are possible with a Apple designed TV. Assuming they have sorted out the interface and compatibility with cable and satellite feeds, their biggest problem will be distribution. People buy TVs at consumer electronic stores or places like Costcos. Will Apple be able to sell through those?
    Since the price for these items will be in the 1000’s then the risk is high for Apple.

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