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Apple TV (Big Ass iPad) in 2012?

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The buzz around town is that Apple is “almost certainly” working on a smart LCD TV powered by iOS software. But I say, “Why?”

According to Media Beat, this move makes sense for Apple to continue to expand beyond personal computers into the broader consumer electronics market. “It will do to television what the iPhone did to cell phones.”

As a person practically born on but definitely raised on Macs, I am biased towards Apple products in general. So when I first heard about this new LCD TV thing (not to be confused with AppleTV), my eyes lit up… cool! But upon further reflection, the following questions came to mind:

1) What is it going to give me that I don’t already have?
As so poignantly captured in the picture above, us Macheads have our iPhone, our iPads, our iMacs/desktop systems and/or laptops. Do we need another piece of equipment?

2) Who buys a 19 inch TV?
According to the rumor mill, this TV is 17-19 inches. Really? For those that can’t live without one, I’ve heard that size does matter. And the minimum seems to be 40 inches. So maybe this giant iPad, would be perfect for your bathroom? In which case, will the market bear the “Apple premium” for getting that movie from iTunes while you shower?

3) What’s this thing going to cost?
People only buy TV’s every 5-10+ years on a $3000 set, according to gdgt’s Ryan Block. And the last time I checked, you can buy a kick ass TV for $3000. So granted, this TV is more than just a viewing screen… I will (or my children) will be able to play games, run apps, check iCal, tweet and such BUT… like I said on 1) I can already do that from my handy iPhone ($200). And, like I said on 2) with the price limitations on LCD panels, it’s essentially a big iPad ($500).

So until this thing is large enough to replace a household’s primary set and/or is priced appropriately for the bathroom or dorm room, I’m not buying.

But then again, I’m old. #getoffmylawn

photo credit: scottjacksonx

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