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It’s time for Munster’s annual ‘Apple television’ prediction, and this time it’s two years away

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Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is famous for his annual prediction that Apple’s long-rumored television is launching next year, but this year he’s mixing it up a little, predicting instead that it will be launched in two years’ time.

Back in 2011, he predicted at the IGNITION conference that it would launch before the 2012 holiday season. Once it was clear that wasn’t going to happen, he predicted late in 2012 that it would be arriving in time for, yep, you guessed it, the 2013 holiday season. He clung to that one throughout the early part of last year, but has kept quiet on the subject this year – until now … 

Interviewed by Business Insider back at the scene of his 2011 prediction, he belatedly noticed that Apple does tend to take a few years between new product categories and has hedged his bets by predicting instead that the Apple television is two years away and will be launched in 2016. All we need now to complete the comedy of errors is for Apple to launch next year.

Not deterred by the fact that he’s been proven wrong on the launch date every year, he is confidently predicting sales figures, estimating the smart television market at 220M units and forecasting that Apple will take 10% of that market, giving them 22M sales in the first year.

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He does, though, deserve credit for opening the interview with the wry observation that being asked to try once more on the date is part of his “annual penance for being incorrect.”


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Apple TV + Philips? The first HDTV with built-in iTunes and AirPlay has been announced

Update: False alarm. As we suggested was a possibility, Philips was misunderstood by a reporter. They are actually just bundling Apple TV’s with new televisions, not building in the hardware. We don’t know exactly what Apple plans on announcing next Thursday, but






The real chance of seeing the iWatch on September 9, according to Gene Munster

Piper Jaffries analyst Gene Munster: Thanks to his endless advocacy of the so-called Apple HDTV, claiming year after year that Apple’s television set is just a few months away, Munster’s a bit of a laughingstock, even amongst the shallow knowledge






Apple buying Internet infrastructure to boost performance, possibly prepare for television

One of Apple's existing data centers

One of Apple’s existing data centers

The WSJ reports that Apple has been quietly making major new investments in Internet infrastructure in a move which may simply be designed to boost the performance of its existing online services, but which could also be in readiness for its upcoming television product.

Bill Norton, chief strategy officer for International Internet Exchange, which helps companies line up Internet traffic agreements, estimates that Apple has in a short time bought enough bandwidth from Web carriers to move hundreds of gigabits of data each second.

“That’s the starting point for a very, very big network,” Mr. Norton said … 

Apple also made a couple of senior infrastructure hires in September: Lauren Provo from Comcast and Jean-François Mulé, a former technology VP at a TV R&D company.

Apple, of course, already shifts a great deal of data though iTunes, iCloud and the Mac App Store. Historically, it has out-sourced most of that to third-party Content Delivery Network (CDN) companies, with Akamai believed to be Apple’s key supplier, while StreamingMediaBlog, who reported the Apple CDN buildout yesterday, names Level 3 as another major supplier.

Apple building its own CDN would give the company greater control and would likely boost performance for streaming media in particular. This is the approach taken by Netflix, for example, which stores its video content in a number of data caches around the world to enable faster and more reliable delivery.

An iPhone user who subscribes to Sprint Corp., for instance, might download a song more quickly if Sprint’s network links directly to the Apple data center storing that song, rather than channeling the file through a series of middlemen.

So the move may mean nothing more than improving the delivery of Apple’s existing services, but the timing is at least interesting. 2014 is the year for which Tim Cook has said that Apple has “some big plans” and “really great stuff coming.” A new Apple TV is believed to be one of the new products on the way, and building a large content delivery network would certainly be a logical part of the preparations for such a product.


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You Won’t Believe How Beautiful & Revolutionary A Curved Apple HDTV Could Be [Gallery]

In the Mac space, Dutch designer Martin Hajek is the crown prince of concepts, having done some of the most realistic and jawdropping renders we’ve ever seen for the iWatch, Mac Pro, iPhone 6 and more. One product concept we thought Hajek bit the pooch on a little, though, was his idea of what an […]
    






Sketchiest of Apple television rumors suggests 4K 55- & 65-inch screens next year at $1500-2500

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One of the many Apple Television concepts out there (image: theverge.com)

Among the less likely of the many rumors surrounding  Apple’s long-expected move into full televisions is one reported in Bloomberg today, suggesting that Apple will launch 55- and 65-inch 4K televisions in the final quarter of 2014 with pricing in the $1500 to $2500 range.

Masahiko Ishino, an analyst at Advanced Research Japan Co, claims the displays will be made by LG, the GPUs by Samsung and the frameless glass cover made from Corning Gorilla Glass 3, with Foxconn assembling the products … 

The specs are not unreasonable. By late next year, it would be unimaginable that Apple would release anything less than a 4K display, and 55-inch and 65-inch are emerging as the popular sizes for high-end TVs. Frameless designs are also popular at the high-end, and Gorilla Glass would make sense.

But even allowing for the inevitable price-drops between now and then, the suggested price range would be pushing it for any manufacturer, let alone one which has a no-expense-spared approach. And if the pricing is fiction, there’s no reason to imagine that Ishino knows more than any other analyst out there.


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Questionable analyst roundup: 10M home automation iWatches? 12-inch MacBook Air and much more

Home automation image: insideci.co.uk

Home automation image: insideci.co.uk

There are a couple of analyst rumors doing the rounds at present that are best described as … questionable.

First, we have Brian White claim (via VentureBeat) that the key focus of the long-rumored iWatch is as a control for home automation systems.

As an Apple supplier, our contact offered insight into the “iWatch” and described this potential new device as much more than an extension of your iPhone but as a multi-purpose gateway in allowing consumers to control their home (i.e., heating/cooling, lights, audio, video, etc.)

You may recall that Mr White is a man who likes his remotes: he predicted back in April that the Apple HDTV (which he always claims is going to be released in the next quarter or two) would be controlled by an iRing … 

Brian White's iRing as conceptualised by Victor Soto (via YankoDesign)

Brian White’s iRing as conceptualised by Victor Soto

So, that’s an iRing to control the TV, and an iWatch to control everything else. Oh, and if you want to know how many iWatches will be sold, Gene Munster has the answer there, based on picking a random price and asking a random number of random consumers (via CNET).

Based on a Piper Jaffray survey of 799 US consumers, analyst Gene Munster believes Apple could sell between 5 million and 10 million smartwatches during the initial launch year. The recent poll asked people whether they would buy a $350 iWatch that can connect to an iPhone.

Keep in mind, Munster in his latest call missed the iPhone sales number by a staggering 50%, predicting 4-5 million when the real number turned out to be 9 million.

Then there’s talk of a 12-inch Retina MacBook Air. This one comes from a DisplaySearch blog post which uses “supply chain research” to create an entire table of product predictions, many of them confidently naming a specific quarter (the iPhone 6 will be out in Q2 next year, apparently):

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All that’s missing is the release date for the iRing.

With widespread speculation that Apple will finally be forced to give in to the trend for larger-screen phones, and sporadic rumors of larger iPads, everyone is getting in on the action when it comes to writing screen sizes on a bunch of PostIt notes and sticking them to a dartboard. DisplaySearch apparently decided to throw the MacBook Air into the mix too, for added fun.

The 11- and 13-inch MacBook Airs are, of course, Apple’s best-selling Macs. A Retina version has long been predicted, once Apple can get costs down to the right ballpark for the lower-cost machines, but the 12-inch prediction seems to have about as much of a solid grounding as the rest of the table. Consider it intended for entertainment purposes only.


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