There is a lot of focus on Apple’s long-rumored TV set. Ever since the whole “I’ve finally cracked it!” comment Steve Jobs made in his biography, everyone has been speculating and wondering just what that means.
Nick Bilton at the New York Times may have an answer.
According to Bilton, Apple wants to bring Siri to the television. They’ve been working to come up with a new interface, and Siri may be the answer. Apple tried everything, the report says, wireless keyboard and remote setups, iOS devices such as the iPad, iPod touch or iPhone as a remote (as we have seen with the Apple TV remote app) and just about anything else. Then Apple found the answer in Siri.
The concept would be much like Siri for iPhone 4S. You could say things like “Play the latest episode of the Walking Dead” (Bilton uses Gossip Girl as an example, but I like zombies better), and your TV will play the show.
Here’s a portion of the report:
I immediately began snooping around, asking Apple employees and people close to the company if a full fledged Apple Television was in the works. Several people, all speaking on condition of anonymity for obvious reasons, told me that nothing was actively being built, but — and this was a big but — I was told repeatedly that Apple would eventually make a television. “Absolutely, it is a guaranteed product for Apple,” I was told by one individual. “Steve thinks the industry is totally broken.”
Apparently, if it does happen, the product would likely be announced by late 2012 or sometime in 2013.
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