Apple to Launch 3 HDTV Models by March 2012?

Global Equities Research's Trip Chowdhry issued a research note to investors indicating that Apple is planning to launch three HDTV models by March 2012. The report is relayed by AppleInsider:

He said his "converged view" of data from various developers is "probably" 75 percent accurate, and that it will "probably" be launched in March of 2012, with developer sessions at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

Apple's televisions would reportedly come in 3 different models and 3 different price points.


Bose VideoWave

Chowdhry compares the concept to the Bose VideoWave which tries to simplify HDTVs by reducing clutter, though Apple's implementation is expected to be improved. Apple's HDTV will reportedly carry 16 speakers giving a "complete surround sound experience" and be one-third as thick as the VideoWave's 6 inches.

We should caution that Chowdhry also claimed last year that Microsoft's Steve Ballmer would speak at Apple's 2010 WWDC conference. A claim that was quickly refuted by Microsoft and never came to pass.

Still, we have been hearing some increased chatter about an Apple television. The rumors were revived early this year with some additional claims from Smarthouse pinpointing an Apple and LG partnership. Meanwhile, we've heard some unverified whispers of the same.

Apple television rumors have a long history with the earliest claims as far back as 2006. Apple does have their Apple TV set top box but has always downplayed its significance. Apple CEO Steve Jobs has also been vocal about the challenges of infiltrating the television marketplace suggesting there are too many industry hurdles and too much fragmentation to overcome.

Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
121 months ago

6 grand for the ripoff Bose system. Shocking! lol!


No highs...no lows....must be Bose.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
121 months ago
I really, REALLY doubt it. I can't see how Apple can make their traditional profit in this extremely competitive, commodity-type market of HDTVs.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
121 months ago

16 speakers - that is where you lost me. there is no way i could picture  making something like that. That would mean wires and specific locations.... nope that is totally not the way they do things. A surroundbar, maybe. But Apple likes the minimalist design.


Uhm, the Bose VideoWave has 16 speakers. They're all contained in the frame.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
121 months ago

Utter nonsense.

Apple charges a grand for a 27" display.

You can get a 40" TV for that.

Sorry, but no.

You cannot compare a 40" 1080/720p panel @ 1080x1920 to the 27" ACD's IPS panel @ 2560x1440 resolution. Pixel density becomes an issue here.

The two are totally different.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
121 months ago

That's not very nice. I have feelings too.


Then stop posting like a troll :rolleyes:
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Avatar
121 months ago

I really, REALLY doubt it. I can't see how Apple can make their traditional profit in this extremely competitive, commodity-type market of HDTVs.


I see your point but I remember the same arguments being made when there were rumours of Apple releasing a mobile phone in 2006. "Why would they want to enter a saturated commodity market like that with such thin margins?"

Then look what happened.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Top Stories

First iPhone 12 Mini Hands-On Video Surfaces [Update: Video Pulled]

Wednesday October 28, 2020 1:21 pm PDT by
Apple's iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max aren't set to be available until November 13, but a Romanian YouTuber got his hands on the iPhone 12 mini and showed it off today, offering a size comparison between the iPhone 12 and the 12 mini along with going over some of the device's features. The iPhone 12 mini is identical to the iPhone 12 in design and functionality, but it has a...

Apple References Unreleased 2020 16-Inch MacBook Pro in Boot Camp Update

Monday October 26, 2020 8:42 am PDT by
Last week, Apple released an update for Boot Camp, its utility for running Windows on a Mac. While this update would typically be unremarkable, several of our readers noticed that the release notes reference an unreleased 2020 model of the 16-inch MacBook Pro. While this could easily be a mistake, the 16-inch MacBook Pro is nearly a year old, so it is certainly a worthy candidate for a...

After Mocking Apple, Samsung May Remove Power Adapter From Galaxy S21 Box

Tuesday October 27, 2020 4:29 pm PDT by
Samsung's Galaxy S21, coming in 2021, may not include a power adapter or headphones in the box, according to reports from Korean media sites highlighted by SamMobile. Rumors earlier this year also said that Samsung was considering removing these accessories from future smartphone models, but that didn't stop Samsung from mocking Apple for selling the iPhone 12 models without a power adapter...

Report: Apple Silicon iMac Featuring Desktop Class 'A14T' Chip Coming First Half of 2021

Tuesday October 27, 2020 4:14 am PDT by
The first iMac powered by Apple Silicon is set to arrive in the first half of next year and will feature a desktop class "A14T" chip, according to Chinese-language newspaper The China Times. Codenamed "Mt. Jade," Apple's first custom-made desktop processor will be twinned with its first self-developed GPU, codenamed "Lifuka," both of which are being produced using TSMC's 5-nanometer process, ...

iPhone 12 Ceramic Shield Still 'Scratches at Level 6 With Deeper Grooves at Level 7' in Mohs Hardness Test

Wednesday October 28, 2020 7:10 am PDT by
iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models feature a new Ceramic Shield front cover that is "tougher than any smartphone glass," according to Apple, but the displays on the devices still have similar scratch resistance as previous iPhones based on a new test. Zack Nelson today shared his much-anticipated iPhone 12 Pro durability test on his YouTube channel JerryRigEverything, and based on the Mohs...

2020 iPad Air vs. iPad Pro: Hands-On Comparison

Tuesday October 27, 2020 3:03 pm PDT by
Apple announced the new 2020 fourth-generation iPad Air in September, but the new tablets just started shipping out to customers last Friday. We picked one up and thought we'd do a hands-on comparison with the iPad Pro, which was last updated in March, because both tablets are about as powerful and share many similarities. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Design and ...

MagSafe Charger Only Charges at Full 15W Speeds With Apple's 20W Power Adapter [Updated]

Monday October 26, 2020 3:38 pm PDT by
Alongside the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro models, Apple introduced a new MagSafe charger that attaches to the magnetic ring in the back of the devices, providing up to 15W of charging power, which is double the speed of the 7.5W Qi-based wireless charging maximum. Apple does not provide a power adapter with the $39 MagSafe charger, requiring users to supply their own USB-C compatible option. Apple...

Apple Files Mystery 'Personal Computer' With Placeholder 'B2002' Name in Bluetooth Product Database

Tuesday October 27, 2020 12:36 pm PDT by
Last week, a listing appeared in the Bluetooth product database for an Apple product with a placeholder name "B2002" and a model number of "TBD." MacRumors was alerted to the listing by health and fitness tech website MyHealthyApple. The product is filed under the "personal computer" category, which Apple has used for previous Mac and iPad listings in the database, so it is hard to pinpoint...

Apple Releases First macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 Beta to Developers [Update: Public Beta Available]

Wednesday October 28, 2020 10:15 am PDT by
Apple today seeded a new macOS Big Sur 11.0.1 beta to developers for testing purposes, with the new beta replacing the existing macOS Big Sur 11 beta 10 update that was released two weeks ago. The macOS Big Sur beta can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center and once the appropriate profile is installed, subsequent betas will be available through the Software Update mechanism in...

iPhone 12 Models Might Support Reverse Charging of Future Apple Accessories According to FCC Filing

Tuesday October 27, 2020 6:25 pm PDT by
iPhone 12 models could have an inactive wireless charging feature for accessories, according to an FCC filing discovered by VentureBeat's Jeremy Horwitz. In the filing, Apple said that 2020 iPhones support a wireless charging function that will seemingly be enabled for at least one future Apple accessory:In addition to being able to be charged by a desktop WPT charger (puck), 2020 iPhones...