Ah, another Apple related rumor is making the rounds today.
Earlier today we reported on the possibility of a mini-iPad. Now we are going a bigger rumor – like big screen TV size.
According to a blog post on Barron’s yesterday, Peter Misek, an analyst at Jefferies & Co., believes Apple is brewing up a new device called an iPanel – which will be much more than just a TV. “It is a display, gaming center, media hub, computer, home automator, etc.” Misek told Baron’s.
Misek also said that he expected production of the iPanel to begin in May or June ,and for the item to be introduced as soon as the end of this year.
That would fit with rumors we reported on back in February. Those indicated that Apple had an Apple TV prototype that it was showing off to Canadian companies Rogers Communications Inc and Bell Canada Enterprises. Sources at that time pointed to a possible late 2012 launch. The prototype TV was said to include Siri, iPhone and iPad remote control, even gesture control.
Another February rumor was related to a possible price point for an Apple TV. Best Buy ran a survey asking their customers to rate their interest in a 42 inch, $1499, IOS Apple HDTV. Best Buy later said that was just a ‘hypothetical.’