Even in the New Year, those iTV rumors just won’t quit. The latest word is that Jony Ive has been working on a 42- to 50-inch Apple television in his secret Cupertino design studio; probably the Siri-controlled Apple HDTV the whole industry has been quaking over for the last few months.
USA Today reports:
Apple is said to be looking at a 42-inch or larger LCD TV with built-in Wi-Fi. Inside the locked-down studio of Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of industrial design at Apple, there’s a slick 50-inch TV, according to the source who worked at Apple.
Think that’s far-fetched? You shouldn’t. Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak thinks a strong push by Apple to get into the living room is inveitable.
“I do expect Apple to make an attempt,” says Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, “since I expect the living room to remain a center for family entertainment, and that touches on all areas of consumer products that Apple is already making.”
Given Apple’s roll-out of Siri with the iPhone 4S, the number of patents for gesture and facial recognition it has recently secured and Steve Jobs’s claim in Walter Isaacson’s bio that he had finally “cracked” the TV control problem, 2012 is increasingly looking like it just might be the year of the iTV.