Originally Posted by AppleInsider
Before his death, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs reportedly said in a meeting with his top 100 employees that he didn't believe the company would ever release a television set, due to low margins and infrequent user upgrades.
Late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is alleged to have said in 2010 that the television set business is "terrible," and he didn't believe Apple should try to compete.
"TV is a terrible business," Jobs is alleged to have said. "They don't turn over and the margins suck."
I'll just point this out again as it bears repeating.
All Apple devices, have a minimum lifespan of 7 years. The reason the iPhone is successful is because the technology at the time accelerated because of Apple changing the game. So for the last 10 years or so, mobile devices leapfrogged what we were getting before from the likes of Nokia and Blackberry. Apple ate Blackberry's lunch, Android ate all the feature phones lunches.
To be able to do this with Television would require doing a little more than simply making another set top box. What has to be done is make it so that the iPhone or iPad device docks with the TV and turns the TV into a smart device. Not just simply replacing the LCD panel every 7 years.
Think about it, what improvements have been made in LCD screens, vs LCD televisions. We went from simple cold cathode backlights to LED backlights, and lowered latency so that they suck less for gaming. Aside from that there has been no practical reason to upgrade a TV or Computer screen until the backlights all burn out. Even then, the most common defect in a LCD is the power inverter, and not the backlight. I have two "dead" monitors sitting beside my recycling bin, the first one's fails to power on and if it does, it has an analog VGA input only. The newer one beside it was made in China (by Proview) and the power supply fails to start. Even the old CRT monitors I had back in the day, the only one that actually died, went *BANG* and a puff of smoke as something on the power supply (Goldstar, now known as LG, and is one of two reasons I hate on LG despite this happening 20 years ago.) The television side has had no improvement whatsoever.
The Television vendors keep trying to sell us new TV's and thought they found it in selling 3D televisions. What happened? Fizzled. Now they're doing 4K 3D. This will also fizzle. Apple has nothing to gain by trying to sell a TV, only monitors. What Apple can do is sell a Apple monitor with a "TV" Kit that adds a box that docks to it via thunderbolt that replaces the "stereo/surround receiver/analog inputs" box and plug the speakers into that. The box in peoples current home theaters is the largest, worst designed thing that nobody knows how to use, and is often replaced more often than the TV itself. Dock/Airplay the iPhone or iPad to it to then turn it into a smartTV or whatever.