The recent update comes courtesy of China Times; its closeness to Apple’s manufacturing base gives it an air of credibility. But Business Insider says that the “report seems shaky”. Analyst Gene Munster has also stated that he expects the Apple Television set to launch in early 2013.
The Apple Television (a distinct device to the Apple TV) is expected to be a full television with integrated iTunes Store and other Apple services, potentially including some form of App support with an underlying iOS 6-based operating system. Apple has been rumoured to be working on a full-size television for a number of years now, and the rumours became firmer when Steve Jobs said in his biography that he’d “finally cracked it”, referring to the interface.
The interface is expected to include Siri voice control, although it may also use an iOS-based touch tablet as a remote (or utilise Apple’s iOS devices such as the recently released iPad mini. Other suggestions include some form of air-gesture control similar to Microsoft’s Kinnect device.
There are also rumours that Apple is planning an early refresh of the iPhone 5S to keep the device in line with other advances in handset technology. It is thought that the Apple iPhone 4S struggled against the Samsung S3 prior to the launch of the iPhone 5, as its technology was perceived to be outdated. Some people are mooting that Apple may move to a six-month update cycle for the iPhone, and other iOS devices. The iPad was updated twice in 2012, which lent credence to this theory.
Apple is typically reticent with details for its upcoming products, with Apple spokespeople primed to say “we do not comment on rumour or speculation”. However, Apple fans can look forward to plenty of both regarding the Apple Television and iPhone 5 over the next few months.