The full Apple TV rumor has been rejuvenated by Jefferies and Co. analyst Peter Misek, who expects the service could spur Apple's sales between $150 billion to $171 billion next year.
New life was breathed into the old rumor that Apple could
release an Web-fueled TV set by an analyst who believes such as launch could
produce a halo effect for the iPad and iPhone and add billions of dollars to Apple's 2012 revenues.
Jefferies and Co. analyst Peter Misek said channel checks
with content providers and developers suggest Apple is about to launch a subscription-based
video service, possibly in the form of a full TV set or set-top box.
"We believe Apple will launch a new far reaching
cloud-based service that is more than just a music or content locker and
focused on video," Misek wrote in a research note April 12.
This is not to be confused with the existing
product, a small, hockey puck-style device the company sells for $99
to let users stream Netflix and other content via their existing TV sets.
The Apple TV Misek believes is coming is more akin to
Google TV, the Android-based Web TV product that blends a Chrome Web browser
and search capabilities with consumers' existing TV services.
Google TV, which comes via the Logitech Revue
companion box, Sony Internet TVs and Blu-ray players, has endured relatively
since its launch last fall. Google is expected to make its
Android Market applications available for Google TV this year.
The Apple TV service Misek envisions could include a
Safari Web browser and sync content and services across users' iPhones, iPads
and Macs, and provide a gateway to the 350,000-plus applications in Apple's App
Store. This offering would compete with not only Google TV, but services such
as Netflix and Amazon's Instant Video service.
Such a service could be fueled by Apple's new data center
in Maiden, N.C., which Apple COO Tim Cook has said will support
Apple's existing iTunes and cloud-based MobileMe service. Others speculate the
data center will be ground zero for a Web-based iTunes and other cloud