Word is coming out of China that Foxconn's Shenzhen plant will produce Apple's first smart TV. Just like smart TVs from other vendors, this television will be able to run apps, presumably from the App Store.
Perhaps the Apple smart TV will be what Jobs envisioned it to be, but TV’s that can sync with other devices and the internet has been around for a while. Tech giants such as Samsung have a variety of smart TV’s on the market, and tech savvy individuals have concocted TV’s that are hooked up to HTPCs. Apple dominates the “ease of use” department, but until there’s an actual product for consumers to review, we won’t know if it will be any easier than current smart TV’s on the market.
Apple’s smart TV will range from 42’’ to 55’’ and have a price tag ranging from US$1,500-2,000 according to wantchinatimes.com. Gene Muster, an analyst that specializes in tracking Apple stock, predicted that “Apple smart TVs can occupy 10% of the global TV market in one to three years.” Considering how mature the TV market is, Munster’s prediction is a rather bold one.