Rumors and speculation would suggest that Apple is getting closer to entering the TV market in the not too distant future. In the Steve Job biography the former Apple CEO is quoted to have said he had “cracked” the problem with current models available. Now we have reports that Apple are to release iMacs with a TV function ahead of the reported iTV device.
According to a report on AppleInsider the company will take its first steps towards launching a fully fledged TV set with an iMac that will have built in TV functionality. Analyst Brian Blair from Wedge Partners said to investors that Apple will be releasing their take on a TV set in the future.
But he feels the company will test the waters with having TV functionality inside its iMac desktop PC. He thinks Apple will release such a device during the first half of 2012 with the TV software and iCloud features built into the iMac.
He added “Apple could effectively start with what they already have on the manufacturing line and slowly push their offering from 27 inches and scale up from there to 32 inches and then move on to the 42, 50 and 55 inch market.”
This is the same analyst that correctly predicted that Apple would be releasing only one new iPhone, with a similar design to last year’s model. This came as many others were suggesting that Apple were going to release two new models of the iPhone.
We have already reported to you that some are claiming a new Apple HDTV could be launched in time for next Christmas, and that they will come in a variety of screen sizes. Would you like to see TV functionality added to the iMac?