Apple's TV may cost as much as $2,500
The 60-inch iTV will come with a second, smaller device and an iRing, worn on a finger, to serve some functions of a remote control.
What's expensive, aims to revolutionize entertainment and wants to put a ring on it? It's Apple's (AAPL) so-called iTV, which a report says will be on the market later this year with a price tag as high as $2,500.
But the most unusual aspect of the report, which comes from a research analyst who met with suppliers in China and Taiwan, is an add-on device called the iRing, according to Apple Insider.
The iRing is a ring-shaped accessory that, yes, one wears on a finger. It's a new concept for the television industry, allowing viewers to use their hand as a navigation pointer for the TV set. It will give the TV set the ability to detect motion and replace some aspects of the traditional remote control.
The analyst, Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets, also said the screen will be 60 inches across on the diagonal, although it may come in 50- and 55-inch versions, reports The Associated Press.
For the whopping price, consumers won't just get one TV set, however. The iTV will include a mini-TV, allowing customers to place two Apple-connected sets in their homes, according to White.
"Essentially, we believe the mini iTV screens will be able to capture content from the 60-inch iTV across a distance of up to 200 meters, allowing a user to view iTV content in the kitchen, washroom, garage, bedroom, backyard, etc.," White wrote.
Sounds great, but with a price in the thousands, the device might appeal only to Apple diehards.
High pricing isn't an uncommon criticism of the tech company. When Apple introduced its iPad mini last year with a starting price of $329, some people questioned the wisdom of the cost, given that competing products sold for less. So far, the company's cool cachet has enabled its premium pricing.
But if reports about the iRing are true, hopefully Apple is testing how the device works when couch potatoes are watching football. After all, consumers probably won't pay a premium for a TV that switches channels every time they high-five a friend or reach for a beer.
The price is fair, but not for such a small device. The screen needs to be at least 67" and preferably 70". Apple appears to be trying to sell yesterday's inventory.
Apple’s 10.8.3 is the one true operating system left in the marketed today. Microsoft windows 8 is an open joke.
Did Apple fire you or something? All your scathing review make you look like a woman scorned. As far as the iRing goes. You can probably take it off when watching football.
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