Not so long after the Apple TV was launched Steve Jobs had said that it was more of a hobby for them rather than a true business, but over the years surely Apple has had to change their outlook and admit that it is far more than just a pastime? Because of the success of this set-top box those Apple HD TV rumors still persist and the probability that the company will release a standalone television is looking far more likely now, well according to analysts in the know.
The reason these rumors have come to light once again is because in Q4 sales of Apple TV was 1.3 million, now in Q1 those sales figures have increased to 2 million units, which shows that consumers have warmed to what Apple still says is a hobby to them — not bad for fun ah?
Apple has had a few issues over the past few months with their stock price seeing a huge decline, but Apple analyst Gene Munster spoke to Bloomberg and believes that the release of a fully-fledged standalone Apple HD TV would help to satisfy share holders once again. However, it’s not as simple as releasing a new device because Apple would more than likely come under fire from television makers such as Samsung, who would no doubt look very closely to see if they are infringing patent designs.
In the Bloomberg discussion it’s suggested that suppliers in Asia have already said that they are working on an actual Apple television, but as always we need to take such rumors with a grain of salt. We asked sometime back if you thought that Apple could revolutionize the TV industry if they had their own television, and while we believe they could there is one key factor that could go against Apple, their over-inflated pricing.