The rumors that Apple are preparing to enter the HDTV market just don’t seem to be subsiding as a constant stream of speculation surfaces. Recently it was claimed the company had been seeking components from various suppliers for the device, and that any such set could come with a gaming feature built-in. Now new Apple iTV news even suggests a price and features for the rumored device.
Retailer Best Buy has reportedly been sending out surveys to its customers seeking feedback on potential new products. This is something that many major retailers do on a regular basis, but this time round as The Verge is reporting this latest one was asking about an Apple HDTV.
It was asking customers how they felt about the device based on some proposed promotional material, which included “Apple finally reinvents what a TV can do”. It was also saying that it will come running iOS and will support iCloud, and users will be able to control it with an iPad or iPhone. Users would also have access to the likes of Netflix, Flickr, and YouTube.
According to the Best Buy survey it says the device will feature an iSight camera, which hasn’t been used by Apple for a while now. It will also come ready for Skype, which would be surprising considering Apple’s FaceTime feature. Now interestingly the retailer has the proposed device priced at $1,499 for a 42-inch model, which is quite a lot dearer than rival models from established TV manufacturers.
The survey has been carried out by a Norwegian research company that has been previously known to have Best Buy as a customer. The survey could just be based on the numerous speculation circulating around the internet, but it could be some clever marketing by Apple to gauge how the consumer would take to such a device and how much they would be willing to pay for it.
Would you pay $1,499 for a 42-inch HDTV from Apple?