apple smart tv An adventurous venture for Apple: a smart TV

Rumor out of China is that Foxconn’s Shenzhen plant will be in charge of mass producing Apple’s smart TV.  News of Apple’s smart TV began emerging late last year, but it was unclear when Apple intended to make an official entry into the entertainment display market.

apple smart tv(1) An adventurous venture for Apple: a smart TV

Rumor out of China is that Foxconn’s Shenzhen plant will be in charge of mass producing Apple’s smart TV.  News of Apple’s smart TV began emerging late last year, but it was unclear when Apple intended to make an official entry into the entertainment display market.

In the late Steve Job’s autobiography by Walter Isaacson, Jobs told Isaacson that he wanted to “create an integrated television that is completely easy to use, [and that] it would seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud.”   

Perhaps the Apple smart TV will be what Jobs envisioned it to be, but TV’s that can sync with other devices and the internet has been around for a while.  Tech giants such as Samsung have a variety of smart TV’s on the market, and tech savvy individuals have concocted TV’s that are hooked up to HTPCs.  Apple dominates the “ease of use” department, but until there’s an actual product for consumers to review, we won’t know if it will be any easier than current smart TV’s on the market.

Apple’s smart TV will range from 42’’ to 55’’ and have a price tag ranging from US$1,500-2,000 according to wantchinatimes.com.  Gene Muster, an analyst that specializes in tracking Apple stock, predicted that “Apple smart TVs can occupy 10% of the global TV market in one to three years.”  Considering how mature the TV market is, Munster’s prediction is a rather bold one.

DisplaySearch’s, a market consultant firm, Xie Qinyi backs up Munster’s prediction by reporting to wantchinatimes.com that Apple has four major advantages in developing its smart TVs.  One being a large amount of people uses Apple brand products.  Secondly, Apple has a lot of money to back up its product.  Thirdly, Apple has a rich connection with the entertainment production sector.  Lastly, Apple knows how to make quality displays for professionals (think about why graphic designers tend to prefer Apple displays for media creations). 

When the first Apple smart TV hits the shelf, it might revolutionize the industry like the iPhone—or it might be a bust.  We will just have to wait and see!

Reference: wantchinatimes.com, bgr.com