‘Apple HDTV’ heads Best Buy survey: 42-inch model for $1,499

“Best Buy appears to be sending surveys to customers getting feedback on potential new products and services — something that virtually every consumer-facing company does on a regular basis — but one thing stood out this time around: the very first product in this survey that Best Buy asks about is the oft-rumored Apple iTV, identified here as the ‘Apple HDTV,’ Chris Ziegler reports for The Verge.

“The big box wants to know how you feel about it based on some proposed promotional verbiage which boasts that “Apple finally reinvents what a TV can do,” saying that it’ll run iOS, support iCloud, be controllable from an iPhone or iPad, and have access to Netflix, YouTube, and Flickr — in other words, it’s an Apple TV wrapped in an actual television set, exactly as you’d expect,” Ziegler reports. “Best Buy pegs the set at 42 inches and slaps a $1,499 price tag on it, a fairly hefty premium over models from top tier manufacturers in the same size class; even many 46-inch models retail for less.”

Read more in the full article here.

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28 Comments

    1. Yeah, that price is ridiculous. They shocked everyone with the iPad price; hopefully, this will be the same.

      I doubt the AppleTV (w/screen) is real, but I could definitely be wrong.

  1. Consider the alternatives: An $800 42-inch premium TV plus $99 for an Apple TV vs. $1,499 for an Apple-branded TV. The former alternative seems a no-brainer; the latter, an epic fail.

    Full disclosure: I’m currently in the market for a premium 42″ TV, but won’t hold off for some speculative iTV.

  2. “Best Buy pegs the set at 42 inches and slaps a $1,499 price tag on it, a fairly hefty premium over models from top tier manufacturers in the same size class; even many 46-inch models retail for less.”

    You can also buy 42″ models for more. Making comparisons simply on screen size is useless. Minimally, drill down to type of HDTV, ie LCD, LED. Maybe they do in the full article – the link is broken so I didn’t check it out. I just bought a 51″ 1080p plasma for $750. That doesn’t mean that the a 42″ Apple HDTV is overpriced. That can only be determined by comparing to the same screen tech (LED, but maybe OLED), with software of a similar type, same resolution, etc. I’m sure I can buy a crappy Dynex 42″ LED at Best Buy for
    under $500.

  3. An iTV would have to be much more than a TV with and AppleTV built in. The “TV killer” feature Steve Jobs figured out hasn’t been released yet, so speculation on TV sizes and price is silly.

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