Apple could be planning to launch a revolutionary 60in 'iTV' television set that is operated using an 'iRing' motion controller late this year, according to one analyst who's spoken with Apple suppliers.
Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White wrote in a research note on Wednesday that, following meetings with Chinese and Taiwanese Apple component suppliers, he's learned that Apple's smart TV will go on sale late this year.
The analyst says that the so-called iTV will have a screen that measures 60 inches diagonally, but there could also be 50- and 55in versions of the television available. The TV will come with a small 'iRing' device that fits onto the users' finger to allow them to control the screen by pointing and using gestures, he said, claiming that the product will "revolutionise the TV experience forever."
If that's not enough, White also claims that the iTV will come with tablet-like "mini iTVs" the size of Apple's 9.7in iPad. The main iTV will be able to wirelessly stream media to these smaller screens, which users could place around their home.
"Essentially, we believe the 'mini iTV' screens will be able to capture content from the 60in 'iTV' across a distance of up to 200 meters, allowing a user to view 'iTV' content in the kitchen, washroom, garage, bedroom, backyard, etc.," wrote White. "We believe Apple will offer one 'mini iTV' per 'iTV,' but package options will include up to four screens (i.e., one screen is part of the standard package and pay extra for each additional)."
White said that, while the mini screens will resemble an iPad externally, they will have limited functionality and therefore cannot be used as an iPad replacement.
Depending on the 'mini iTV' package and the screen size of the television that the customer chooses, White says that he expects Apple's television to cost between $1,500 and $2,500.
Last month, we shared new Apple television rumours that suggested Apple is currently working on a 4K Ultra HD television set ahead of a late 2013 or early 2014 launch date.
While many are still sceptical about the idea of an Apple television set, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is a big believer in the product, and has been insisting that Apple will launch such gadget since 2009. His latest prediction also agrees that the iTV will finally come to light this year.
[Via Apple Insider]