updated 11:05 am EST, Mon February 6, 2012
Mentions iOS, apps, iCloud, webcam
A new Best Buy customer survey is asking for feedback on a potential "Apple HDTV," says The Verge. Mockup promotional text touts that "Apple finally reinvents what a TV can do," and describes the display as a 42-inch, 1080p LED model, running the same version of iOS used in the current Apple TV set-top. Like the set-top, the TV could be controlled via an iPad or iPhone, fetch content from iCloud, and access services like Netflix, YouTube, and Flickr.
Unusual though is the suggestion that the TV would support titles from the App Store, something the Apple TV can't handle. The survey also hints at storing movies and TV shows in iCloud, not just music, and the use of an "iSight camera and microphone for Skype." Apple now uses the term FaceTime to refer to its webcams, and is likely to rely on their namesake video chat service instead of a third-party option like Skype.
Best Buy proposes a $1,499 pricetag, which would make the TV much more expensive than most sets of the same size, or even some 46-inch models. The survey item is likely just conjecture, though, trying to gauge interest in the idea of an Apple-branded TV. It may however indicate that Best Buy is seriously anticipating the product, especially as many reports have hinted at its development.