Apple To Develop HDTV?

A note from a securities analyst to investors has spurred speculation that Apple may be developing a high-definition television for the consumer market.

"The combination of Apple's powerful ecosystem, industrial design savvy, powerful brand and ability to reinvent product categories could make Apple a powerful force in the TV world over the next few years," wrote Brian White of Ticonderoga Securities after visiting a trade show in China, according to AppleInsider.

White said he picked up information at the trade show that indicated Apple is heading into the HDTV market, but there were few specifics.

Apple has previously released a set-top and incorporated it into its iOS, but some are pointing to new developments by the Cupertino company -- including a new data center in North Carolina -- that may mean it's investing more heavily in cloud technology for television. Another analyst seems to think Apple wants to challenge Netflix and cable.

Personally, I think the HDTV is off-base. Why wait several years after HDTV technology to launch one? I do think that Apple may be working on more iOS-integrated televisions, much like Google did, but I can't help but think HDTV is too 2007 for Apple to get behind it. It already has HDMI capability, so what's the point?

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