Since late last year, rumors about Apple looking to release a television set of their own to compete with other market leaders such as Sony and Vizio have been swirling on the web. On Monday, a report from Smarthouse suggested that Apple is already developing an Apple TV, its rumored television set in three different sizes ranging from 32 to 55 inches with the “newest chip”, the A6 which may also be released with the iPad 3.
Sources at a major Japanese company who are involved in manufacturing the TV believe that the 55″ model will compete with new Smart TVs from Samsung and LG that will have new processors built in while offering a combination of OLED display, as well as new Super HD TV technology from LG.
SmartHouse does not have a proven track record about Apple rumors, but the latest rumors regarding screen sizes are backed by a number of previous reports. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster also supported these claims, suggesting that Apple will be looking to include multiple screen sizes in its Apple TV. Apple may altogether be looking to synchronize the Apple TV (set-top box) and offer one integrated television set.
This would mean that Apple’s set-top box would disappear and the television would automatically come with a number of Apple features, including iTunes, its own App Store, AirPlay for music, videos, and game play, iCloud and other features currently available to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Apple’s television could be a big hit in the market, as we are just beginning to see a number of “smart” TV sets sporting WiFi integration and web applications. Apple may be all set to revolutionize the television industry as they have done with portable music players, phones, and tablet computers.