If a report from Cult of Mac this morning is true, we may have our first good sense of what looks like and what features it contains.
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According to the report, the source said that Apple is readying the new television for market. But other recent reports have suggested that any Apple HDTV might not hit store shelves until 2014. In the interim, a J.P. Morgan analyst, Apple would first enhance its existing Apple TV set-top box -- releasing that in 2013 -- and would wait until 2014 to put out the actual HDTV.
Cult ofwrites that its source claims to have seen the precise device that late Apple CEO Steve Jobs was talking about when he told biographer Walter Isaacson that he had "cracked" TV.
Almost every recent rumor about any Apple HDTV has posited that the device would incorporate Siri in order to give users wireless voice control. And having built-in iSight seems like a no-brainer so that users can conduct FaceTime video chats over Wi-Fi connections.
On the other hand, Cult of's source said that the camera that's incorporated into the prototype "is sophisticated, with facial recognition and the ability to zoom into the user's face and follow them as they walk around the room. This allows users to make video calls from the couch across the room, rather than having to stand smack in front of the TV."
In addition, the inclusion of Siri would seem to make it possible to initiate a FaceTime call by using a voice command, the report said.
Cult ofwrites that its source "is well-placed and has provided us with great tips in the past. However, not all of them have panned out, ostensibly due to the fact that our source tends to see products in the prototype or early development stage and Apple doesn't always ultimately choose to release them."