It is rumored that Apple will enter the TV market big time this year by introducing a full fledged TV, which means that rumors won’t stop coming! It is the media’s new unicorn. Last year, it was rumored that the Apple TV may run on custom-built chips. Which is probably true because Apple is already using custom-built chips known as the A5 processor in the iPhone 4S and iPad 2. Apple is already a chip maker. Then in January, it was reported that Apple may or may not be interested in bidding for English Premier League Streaming rights.
Well, here comes another rumor! The Globe and Mail, which is Canada’s largest-circulation newspaper, reports that Apple is considering launch partnerships with Canada’s Rogers Communications and BCE Inc. According to the newspaper, these companies already have the Apple iTV in their labs. OK, let’s take this with a pinch of salt, shall we? When was the last time you ever heard of the most secretive company in the world ever give its products in development for testing to third parties?
“They’re not closed to doing it with one [company] or doing it with two,” said one source who is familiar with the talks. “They’re looking for a partner. They’re looking for someone with wireless and broadband capabilities.”
The report also suggests that Siri is integrated into Apple’s new television to help viewers make programming choices. Viewers can then control the TV with voice or hand gestures. Also, an on screen keyboard can be made to show up without any special hardware.
An on-screen keyboard, meanwhile, can also be activated in a similar manner, allowing viewers to surf the web, conduct video chats and use social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook – all without any physical interface.
I don’t know about you, but if Apple does enter the TV market big time this year, it will be interesting to see how they revolutionize the market. I’m excited!