Originally Posted by Ireland
Not true, TV's are a different animal to computers. Apple TV is running an optimized version of Front Row, Front Row 2.0 if you will. Bare bones of OS X, but it's not OS X in the true sense. TV's, and more importantly Plasma TV's are nothing like computer displays. It's a different game, completely different game. Sony, probably the worlds biggest manufacturer of TV's announced recently that they are not going to be making any more computer displays ever. This is what I mean. It's different.
PS, I hope Apple does something like a Plasma or an OLED, cause LCD's don't make great TV's. OLED is unproven tech, but you never know, and Plasma kicks the living crap out of LCD.
Huh? Front Row is an app, not remotely a version of an OS, and doesn't have any bearing on if Apple were to make a TV, one way or the other.
TVs are actually quite a bit like computer displays, and ever more so. The distinctions used to be resolution, progressive vs. interlaced, connectivity and tuners. Resolution and P vs I are no longer factors, connectivity is trivial and tuners are becoming something that happens in external boxes.
But that still doesn't have any bearing on whether or not Apple could or should make a TV. The only question is whether Apple can bring anything to the table that would make such an item desirable, and whether or not they could sell enough of them to be worth the investment and shelf space.
Talk of convergence notwithstanding, I still haven't seen a single reason, outside of "integrated front row", for why an Apple branded TV would be desirable. TVs display, they switch between inputs, they have some settings to tweak. Not really an elaborate technology crying out for Apple interface mojo. You don't really hear anyone saying "I would consider getting a plasma, but they're just so damn hard to use....."
The hard part is the part that Apple is doing: organizing the digital media, providing ways to move it around, providing on-screen interface for same. It's called "Apple TV + Mac".
Again, Apple TV provides everything you want in Apple inflected large screen displays, and it does it for every display out there.
And, again, if the idea is that Apple starts putting more and more of the Apple TV + Mac experience into the display itself, then what you are moving towards is a watered down iMac, or a really huge screened full-on iMac.
That may yet happen, but it sort of moots the idea of Apple making a large screen HT type display, since such a beast would be a new Apple living room appliance intended to bridge the whole computer/living room divide with an iPhone type graphic interface on top of an actual computer.
So what I'm saying is that there is no reason for Apple to make "just" a large screen display, since that area is handled quite nicely by existing product and Apple TV adds the interconnectivity with Macs, and once you start moving beyond "just" a display, at least for Apple, you pretty quickly get into AIO computer territory which Apple already does.
So will Apple make a really big iMac? Who know? But that's another conversation.