Would You Buy an Apple Brand HDTV?

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You've heard of Apple TV, the $99 set-top box that allows you to rent movies and TV shows, watch Netflix titles, and stream photos and music from your home network to your living room television set. But what would you think about an Internet-connected HDTV built and branded by Apple?

According to online chatter, this is exactly what Apple is working on, with a potential release date set for sometime before the end of 2011. And why not? The LCD TV market is a $100 billion industry, and with Apple's ability to mass market trendy devices, would it really be so difficult for Apple to infiltrate our living rooms next?

This could all turn out to be much ado about nothing, but according to analyst Brian White with Ticonderoga Securities, there were several "data points" dropped at an electronics trade show in China that point toward Apple releasing a full-fledged TV set.


"Our research suggests this Smart TV would go well beyond the miniature $99 second-generation Apple TV that the company released last fall and provide a full-blown TV product for consumers...The combination of Apple's powerful ecosystem, industrial design savvy, powerful brand, and ability to reinvent product categories could make Apple a powerful force in the TV world over the next few years."

Gene Munster, an analyst with Piper Jaffray, has been saying for some time that Apple would eventually introduce an Internet-connected HDTV, with a likely starting price of around $2,000. If any of this turns out to be true, it will be interesting to see how Apple proceeds, and whether or not the planned obsolescence model would be part of the package, as it is with many of Apple's products.
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rapid1 replied on Thu, Apr 14 2011 12:09 PM

The answer is very simple for me, and it is no I would not buy an Apple HD TV. I don't own anything Apple period as I don't like proprietary platforms. To add to that though I would not buy a Google TV either though. For one thing why would I want one of either. I can get almost any HD TV and add a USB network antenna if it is not included and have the same thing. On top of that most big manufacturers now have there own web apps platform on their TV's anyway so I don't need a APPLE, or Google TV to use web apps anyway. It is just a name brand item and therefore useless to me it offers nothing more than I can get else where for less anyway.

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lifeskills replied on Thu, Apr 14 2011 12:26 PM

I can see many people buying these, and to be fair, the apple displays on imacs and that come with mac pros look great. I don't like this motion of televisions having apps and things like that. I would prefer that televisions remain solely as display's, without adding in all of the extras. Im sure there is a huge market for these app tvs, but not for me. I liked the recent article that NEC (i think it was) is coming out with a 40" monitor, and would like to see more products like this, as I will be moving towards monitors and away from televisions for my display future. This would be better for me. Soon people are going to get a facebook message and become overwhelmed because they will receive notifications on their phone, computer, through xbox live, and also the TV is going to have one pop up. Just insane if you ask me.

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LauRoman replied on Thu, Apr 14 2011 1:35 PM

I wouldn't buy an Apple hdtv who's software gets outdated every 12 months and becomes obsolete after 3 iterations.

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VPrekazi replied on Thu, Apr 14 2011 2:34 PM

No. No & No.

I will be buying all updated iOS/MacBooks but never will be spending money on a TV from them. Which will be outdated within 12 months or 6 months of me purchasing it.

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Not if it was the last tv on earth.

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AlanH replied on Thu, Apr 14 2011 2:49 PM

Hellz to tha naw. Straight up.

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pjnissim replied on Thu, Apr 14 2011 3:24 PM

p>Apple displays have always been impressive. I can anticipate however the price being absurdly high and the product to be cycled through quickly. But let me be honest, apple has nearly all the resources it needs to make it work, it will be interesting to see if they can innovate instead of replicate.

 

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JOMA replied on Thu, Apr 14 2011 3:59 PM

I would not. Given their track record for releasing products with known issues (I know many other companies do this) and with no history of making a TV I can't see how I would buy one.

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But what would you think about an Internet-connected HDTV built and branded by Apple?

1) It would be more expensive than comparable HDTV's simply because it's an Apple. 2) It might be produced at the notorious Chinese Foxconn plant. 3) If there are any issues or problems with your new Apple HDTV you are likely to be stonewalled by Apple - even Steve Jobs himself. I wouldn't buy one, and even the typical Apple buyer might shy-away from purchasing one because it can't be paraded around in public to demonstrate how cool they are.Stick out tongue

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Inspector replied on Thu, Apr 14 2011 8:24 PM

Simply no is my answer to almost all apple products... :)

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NO because it will be overpriced compared to their competitors

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OSunday replied on Thu, Apr 14 2011 10:04 PM

It depends, apple really does make nice displays they just tend to be... REDICULOUSLY overpriced.

It also depends on what I was doing in my home and what sort of devices I have that could work to be integrated with an iDisplay or AppleTV, because once you own numerous apple products they really do seamlessly integrate with each other

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AKwyn replied on Thu, Apr 14 2011 11:12 PM

I might buy an Apple HDTV if I had the money. I don't underestimate what Apple could do with an HDTV, seeing as how their displays look amazing and are mostly color accurate. I don't mind the addons such as a built in Apple TV like interface and such, just give me a TV which is equal to or tops the quality of the Apple Cinema Displays and I'll be happy.

 

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HHGrrl replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 1:38 AM

Apple products seem overpriced. Yes, Apple has made some cool things, but it often comes with a high price tag. I also dislike the way in which Apple creates a market for itself by making its products outdated faster than other companies do.  (From a business sense, props to Apple. From the consumer point of view, I don't like it.)

Plus, there's the whole image thing (that people pay more just to have a "cool" Apple product to show off) that annoys me.Thankfully, we probably won't see too many people carrying around TVs to show off!

I'm happy with my current HDTV and don't see the point of spending extra money to have an Apple logo on it. The only way Apple would get my attention would be to offer something completely new and VERY appealing. Even then, I'd probably wait for another manufacturer to come up with a competing product and then go that route.

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rrplay replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 9:17 AM

NO !

'much to do about nothing' for me with this from Apple and would consider others first and be more than happy with that choice.

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rapid1 replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 5:21 PM

I wonder if you could root an HDTV? I would imagine you could on these newer models, though I have never heard anything about it. You could throw a decent camera on one and have a home video conferencing set up.

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I won't deny that Apple's displays are damn sexy, but pretty sure I wouldn't be able to afford one.

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Apr 15 2011 9:47 PM

I never thought of rooting an HDTV before... I don't know what could be done with a rooted HDTV but hey, someone should at least try right?

 

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MLucas replied on Sat, Apr 16 2011 8:07 AM

An Apple LED TV with a touch screen interface and high definition camera for video chat. I'd have to have one.

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apgrovas replied on Sat, Apr 16 2011 11:52 PM

I honestly would steer clear from an Apple TV for the following reasons:

1) Whenever the rechargable battery on your remote control died, you would need to ship it back to Apple to get a new battery inside of it, having to then wait for a month with your TV stuck at full volume showing The best of the Benny Hill show for a month straight

2) Any show deemed offensive or objectionable by Steve Jobs would be blocked out from your TV.

3) Much like with Flash, your TV would not support the encoding that any cable company or satellite TV service provider that falls from grace with Steve & Co, just like Adobe did.

And, most important of all ....

4) You would end up paying $10,000 dollars for a TV that can only do 480p, and can not connect a Blu-Ray player to it while TVs from Sony, Panasonic, Vizio, Mitsuibishi, et al. are already doing 4K resolutions and supporting media formats three generations newer than Blu-Ray on TVs that cost $100 ...all of that, simply because the Apple TV will come in a brushed metal casing that its fanboys say is "Magical" and unmatched in the industry :-)

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Super Dave replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 12:10 AM

I like your way of thinking, apgrovas. Welcome to HotHardware!

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^ROFL! 

I congratulate you. that was a well written and though out post...lol

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AKwyn replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 1:20 AM

Okay, I get that this may be a joke but here's a few things.

apgrovas:
1) Whenever the rechargable battery on your remote control died, you would need to ship it back to Apple to get a new battery inside of it, having to then wait for a month with your TV stuck at full volume showing The best of the Benny Hill show for a month straight

So Apple thinks that a remote is worthy of unreplacable batteries found on the iPhone. I'm guessing that the Apple TV has the ability to figure out what pisses you off while your remote is off in Cuperino land, why else would it play the Benny Hill show on Full Blast when you turn it on, because Steve Jobs hates you that's why! :P You can buy another remote but I'm guessing where you live in your part of town, it'd cost... 1 MILLIEON DOLLARS!!!

apgrovas:
2) Any show deemed offensive or objectionable by Steve Jobs would be blocked out from your TV.

I think it would be "Any show deemed offensive or objectionable by Steve Jobs would be blocked out from Apple TV's walled garden service" If Apple did have the ability to block anything offense then we wouldn't even have the ability to display porn on our Apple Cinema Displays.

apgrovas:
3) Much like with Flash, your TV would not support the encoding that any cable company or satellite TV service provider that falls from grace with Steve & Co, just like Adobe did.

If it had CableCard encoding in the first place! I mean how else would it even block the encoding of any cable or satellite TV provider? Unless Apple has a way to fry your cable box when you hook it up to Apple TV, genius!

apgrovas:
4) You would end up paying $10,000 dollars for a TV that can only do 480p, and can not connect a Blu-Ray player to it while TVs from Sony, Panasonic, Vizio, Mitsuibishi, et al. are already doing 4K resolutions and supporting media formats three generations newer than Blu-Ray on TVs that cost $100 ...all of that, simply because the Apple TV will come in a brushed metal casing that its fanboys say is "Magical" and unmatched in the industry :-)

$10,000 dollars? Oh right, they're paying for the Apple TV XL HD 200in edition, which can only do 1080p due to cost limitations (and limited widespread 4K resolution support.) Also Blu-Ray players come with input cables, unless the Apple TV doesn't have input connectors at all... In that case, that Steve Jobs guy is brilliant!

I understand the basis of it but this is just borderline ridiculous. As I said before, Apple Cinema Displays are usually considered to be the best because of their high resolution and their color accuracy. Seriously, don't you think that Apple knows how to make displays or an HDTV (based on LG displays) that everybody will like. Seriously, we can see objectionable content on most Apple products (through the webbrowser) even though Steve Jobs really doesn't like it. It may be funny with something else entirely but this is an HDTV, not an iPhone.

 

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Apple does not "make" their displays, LG does. So why not buy a LG and skip the 200% increase in price?

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jonation replied on Sun, Apr 17 2011 11:46 AM

If Apple could make them like their powerbooks - then yes. TV's are at a technological plateau. I'd go for the best prolonged experience.

However, Current Apple - hell no. I'm not gonna keep buying Apple care for my damn tv every year because it needs warranty repairs.

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Apr 19 2011 9:22 AM

You will need an expensive iCable to connect anything to it, they would probably eschew the display port they use for the iCable to make more money. Remember they are a hardware company. cables are hardware. you need more cables. and they need your money. Remember its got magnets..

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dadodgeson replied on Wed, Apr 20 2011 11:02 PM

for those who smoke the warranty would last about ten Min's

and the icable thing is right  you imight even need a icar and a i credit card to go get it  for a irate imount of imoney

 

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JHuffman replied on Fri, Apr 22 2011 2:57 PM

Short answer- No

You never asked us to explain. lol

Long answer- No, because it would be a really good tv, but far better than I need for a far far higher price than I can pay. I will stick with my much cheaper tv that is good enough.

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rrplay replied on Fri, Apr 22 2011 4:01 PM

Der Meister:

Apple does not "make" their displays, LG does. So why not buy a LG and skip the 200% increase in price?

an LG display would certainly be on my radar before the thought of an apple

the only daily use I have for an apple is in blender with a banana ,OJ.or lemonade

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AKwyn replied on Sat, Apr 23 2011 3:44 AM

JHuffman:
Long answer- No, because it would be a really good tv, but far better than I need for a far far higher price than I can pay. I will stick with my much cheaper tv that is good enough.

I don't know if that much cheaper TV would be better then an Apple HDTV, nonetheless the thousands of high-end name brand HDTV's which range in the thousands.

The Apple HDTV is being aimed towards a high-end market, not a mainstream market. Apple's monitors are high-end (AKA one of the few LCD displays using an LG panel to do 2560x1440 (besides the dell.). While I may not consider owning an Apple HDTV, I'm still interested in seeing what they would do.

Besides, If they wanted to make this mainstream, they'd probably but an i before it and call it a day.

 

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