1) They already are connected to computers and they already show text. Ever use AirPlay?
2) You're completely discounting apps on the Apple TV and every other device that connects to an HEC display?
We've never had a problem with this is the past and yet we're perfectly fine thinking that a 4" phone display should have a higher resolution than a 40", 50, 60, 70", …, 100" HEC display we grow the size year-after-year?
You don't read from a TV like say an ebook or website.
Content creation is different from consumption. If you see a scaled version, you see an interpolated result so you might miss artifacts. That's why I'd say it's more important for higher resolution on a computer display than a TV.
I never once mentioned this happening in under a year, much less at a 3rd the price. I've only stated how this can happen and why I think it's the most likely path for all the reasons stated previously, and all I've gotten in return are people saying that won't happen.
What do you think the timeframe and launch price would be? Also, what would you expect the sales volume to be at the expected prices?
So the GPU in the iPad 3 can handle 3.1 million pixels in 2012. The iGPU in the RMBP can handle 5 million pixels. We aren't even using Img Tech's Rogue yet nor the additional cores that can be added. I don't see why a media appliance won't be able to handle 8 million pixels just fine in the future.
That was replying to the comment about 5120x2880 (double iMac res), which is nearly 15m pixels. 4K should be fine. Obviously it again depends on when the expected release is.
How much was a QXGA (2048×1536) IPS display before the iPad 3 was released? I seem to remember they existed and cost thousands of dollars, so how can Apple make one that is so inexpensive, thin, low power, and much, much denser pixels than the competition? Same for the Retina MBPs. Whatever magic Apple has with displays that the competition can't touch I think it's bad judgement to say their full stop on it and now and look toward the future.
The competition catch up quickly - look at the Chromebook Pixel vs the Retina MBP. If Apple gets the tech cheap enough to make a $1000-2000 4K TV, so will everyone else because they are buying the panels from a 3rd party.
The iPad and iPhone are high volume. Expensive TVs aren't high volume so I don't see how Apple could have the price advantage here in a new market.