Ever since Jobs enigmatically said in his bio that he had “cracked” the television problem, people have been going nuts speculating… and Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has gone so far as to say that the iTV will cost twice as much as a regular television set, and come in three different sizes.
Well, looks like Munster’s forecast has some corroborating evidence. A new report not only says that Apple’s iTV will come in three different sizes, but that it will also pack Apple’s next-gen A6 CPU.
The story comes from the sometimes correct Smarthouse, who report:
Sources at a major Japanese company who are involved in manufacturing the TV believe that the 55″ model will compete with new Smart TVs from Samsung and LG that will have new processors built in while offering a combination of OLED display, as well as new Super HD TV technology from LG.
Okay, let’s say all of this is true. Even Apple can’t expect people to pay twice as much for an A6-powered, Siri-equipped iTV as any other smart TV on the market. So if this is all for real, what else does Apple have to offer, and why can’t they just slap it into a set-top box? Kinect-like motion detection? What is going to justify the price, and how will Apple keep people upgrading their sets? All important questions.