A source claims to have seen the fabled standalone Apple TV set, and it looks like a huge Cinema Display, if they’re to be believed. It also has an iSight camera built-in for FaceTime video calls, and Siri, Apple’s voice-activated virtual assistant seen on the iPhone 4S.
“It resembled an Apple monitor, only much larger,” the source told Cult of Mac. “[Apple] used Siri to make a FaceTime call,” they added. There’s no word on specs, or the screen size, or what else Siri could be used for. There’s also no mention of the Kinect-style motion controls we’ve heard about previously.
Talking about mocking up the above image, designer Dan Draper (wasn’t he in Mad Men?) said: “Obviously it’s very visually similar to the Thunderbolt or Cinema Display, but trying to put myself in the shoes of Jony Ive I’ve made the stand shorter, wider to make the user more trusting that it can support the weight, and (see the side view) less angled.”
There have been a lot of rumours since Steve Jobs told his biographer Walter Isaacson he was working on a TV set. Seeing Apple leave Siri off the latest iPad suggests it’s not such a runaway success as it’d like us to believe. Us UK users are still without location services, rendering it near useless. Unless Apple gives Siri a once over I can’t see it making an appearance on the TV. FaceTime is more likely I’d say, turning your TV into a video conferencing suite.
Previous reports have hinted at a 2013 release for the Apple TV. If it is anywhere near as user-friendly as Steve Jobs made out, other television makers have a lot to fear.