iCloud seen as further evidence of Apple television coming late 2012
Apple’s newly unveiled iCloud service, which will make it easier to share content among multiple devices, is seen by one prominent analyst as even more evidence that the company is planning to release a high-definition television set as soon as late 2012.
Gene Munster with Piper Jaffray on Thursday reiterated his long-held stance that Apple is working on its own full-fledged television set, rather than just a set-top box like the current Apple TV. He said the forthcoming iCloud service would make an Apple-branded television even more plausible.
“Apple’s iCloud service for media storage makes it easier to own multiple devices and share content among them,” he said in a note to investors. “At first the only media iCloud will store is music and pictures, but we believe Apple may add movies and TV shows purchased or rented in iTunes to the iCloud service, which could be viewed on a TV.”
Gene Munster has been saying this since early 2009. I seriously doubt that an Apple branded television is coming anytime soon. Apple will only enter this market if it thinks it can make something that is better than everything else out there. It would make more sense for them to improve upon the AppleTV that they are already producing.