50-inch TV Spotted in Jonathan Ive's Locked-Down Studio?
A slick 50-inch TV spotted in Jonathan Ive's locked-down studio has again sparked rumors about an upcoming television from Apple. USA Today reports that the television was seen by one of their sources who worked at Apple and says the company is looking to build a 42-inch or larger LCD with built-in Wi-Fi.
Unfortunately, it appears that Apple is having a hard time getting content deals for the device.
They say Apple has been unable to cut deals that would let it offer first-tier TV network programs for an à la carte iTunes TV service. That's seen as a key element to launching a revolutionary iTV. Since there also is no evidence Apple has ordered production of panels for TVs, an iTV is at least a year away, according to analyst Paul Gagnon at DisplaySearch, a firm that tracks the television supply chain.
Apple is widely expected to build a new control system for the television which would likely involve Siri voice recognition. The current Apple TV can be controlled by the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using Apple's Remote app.