Analyst predicts all-in-one Apple TV will launch next November
22nd Nov 2012 | 01:14
Want to watch an Apple HDTV?
Twelve months from now, you could be staring into an Apple TV display.
That is, if the predictions of one analyst are accurate.
An all-in-one Apple TV will arrive in November 2013, according to Piper Jaffray Senior Research Analyst Gene Munster in a note picked up by Business Insider.
Munster also forecasted that an Apple TV - an actual television set and not the current media streamer on the market - will cost between $1,500 (about UK£940, AUD$1,446) and $2,000 (about UK£1253, AUD$1,928), and its screen sizes will be 42 inches and 55 inches.
Later than expected
The November 2013 release date is actually several months later than an earlier Munster projection.
Six months ago, the analyst had prognosticated that Apple would announce its first line of televisions in December, then debut the Apple TV in the first half of 2013.
Of course, Munster might not have been wrong at the time.
Between then and now, talks between Apple and cable provides (which would provide some if not all of the content) have reportedly stalled, delaying Apple's effort to reinvent the way people watch their programs.
Survey says Apple TV wins in a feud
In turning its Apple TV box from being just a hobby to everyone's next television, Apple faces fierce competition.
Samsung sold over 1 million HDTVs in October in the United States alone.
Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, Philips and LG all offer widget-enabled 42-inch televisions well under the forecasted Apple TV price range.
Still, recent survey results from Munster indicated that almost half of the people questioned said that they would be interested in buying an Apple TV set.
Other interesting release date notes
Besides predicting the Apple TV release date, Munster sees an iPad mini with Retina display and Apple TV box App Store, and an iTunes radio product for March 2013.
Via Business Insider