Originally Posted by Slurpy
Hear that, Apple?
Don't even bother competing. Just stick to what you know best, so you don't make a mockery of yourselves. Remember the catastrophe that was getting into the music player market? That was nothing compared to the massive fuckup of entering the phone market- while everyone mocked your efforts. You should have listened. And the tablet market? What were you thinking, Apple? What a disaster..
Apples successes came off the back of either bringing ideas to market, first (Mac)
Overhauling a nascent market (mp3, smartphone, tablet)
Some could say based upon current apple income streams, their best bets are taking nascent ideas and enriching them.
By producing a TV, in of itself, will not be first to market, or be a new area/scope. TVs, and their panels are 60+years in the making.
So to innovate, we hhave three main areas of interest.
2) picture quality
3) 'user experience' which includes useablity and content
They are top knotch on apperance, in a world that all tvs look like the same glossy black monstrosity, it will be interesting to see if they can come up with something differnt.
The picture quality will be limited by their suppliers ability. Sure 4k 50" screens would be nice, but it aint gonna be a great margin there. Every company manufacturing screens is suffering from low margins. Including those manufacturing screens for apple. If they make a TV, i suspect their picture quality will be good, but not extreme - its just not a worthwhile area to earn lrage margins on.
finally, its the experience. Thats the winner for apple. They have been working hard with the AppleTV, but its still not quite there - at least outside of USA, which is a stupidly large market for their products. If htey can bring this up a knotch, enrich the content delivery. That is where they win, and where htey continue consumer tie-in, with their content being avialable via their phone, their tablet, their laptop and their TV. TV's are 'simple' but by the time you include content, and content management on to of that, its a pig fit.
Content will also be a pig, because the other corporates who do not want people to drop large, mostly pointless cable fees, to have a pay as you go busiess. they can see what happened to RIAA once itunes allowed you to purchase tracks, rather than albums. They are hobbling Hulu, Netflix et al are all being throttled to slow down this losses.