iMac TV Coming Soon?
I have to admit that I’m not much of a TV fan. I’d rather read a good book or tinker with my iPad instead of watching the ubiquitous boob tube with a big bowl of popcorn on my lap. Then again the world is full of people unlike me (not a bad thing, really) who may want to watch their daily dose of everything the TV World has to offer.
It has been Apple’s (read: Steve Jobs’) dream of designing a product that would make the TV more interesting and simpler to use. The recently published and now Amazon’s best-selling book, the biography of Steve Jobs (buy at Amazon or iTunes), mentioned that Mr. Jobs has “apparently cracked the TV” and that Mr. Jobs wanted to “create an integrated television set…that would be seamlessly synced with all of your devices and with iCloud,” has lead analyst Brian Blair to speculate;
“We think this makes sense because while we typically think about the newest TV’s hanging on the wall in large form factors, Apple could effectively start with what they already have on the manufacturing line and slowly push their offering from 27 inches and scale up from there to 32 inches and then move on to the 42, 50 and 55 inch market,” he writes. “In short, we believe the initial Apple TV is their iMac computer that can function as a TV, over the iCloud platform.”
Now this is not a bad thing either. In fact, I think it’s a very good thing – especially for people like me who want to make life easier and simpler by using appliances that integrate the functionalities of several gadgets into an all-in-one device. So, what could be more logical than to merge the functionalities of a Mac with that of the omnipresent TV, which is exactly what Mr. Blair mentioned in his research note?
It’s very easy to imagine a large-screened iMac sitting where your TV used to sit and after doing some serious work with it, or having just won in an online game with your friends, you find yourself wanting to watch some TV. You can easily do that with the supposed new iMacs with TV functionalities built into them.
Now my question is: are you willing to ditch your old reliable TV for the new iMac-TV if and when it comes out? What would it take for you to do it? We’d love to hear from you…