Rumor: New Apple TV to Support FaceTime and Siri

Rumors have been flying around like bats at sunset lately of Apple’s upcoming full-sized television set. Today, Cult of Mac reported having a source that claims to have seen a prototype of the upcoming HDTV. He claims it will look a lot like a desktop Mac, but bigger.

Many people in the tech industry have speculated on what Apple’s submission into the television arena would look like. There have even been mock-ups made. Now that Cult of Mac’s source has leaked his hands-on description of what the television set will look like, most of the interpretive designs have not been that far off.

Something that hasn’t been anticipated is the inclusion of an iSight camera for FaceTime video conferencing or Siri’s voice-activated virtual assistant. If these rumors are true, this will be the first TV that you can talk to.

The source claims to have seen a working prototype and says it looks a lot like Apple’s display monitors, “only much larger.” According to Cult of Mac, Apple’s HDTV makes FaceTime calls using the built-in iSight camra, which includes facial recognition and the ability to zoom to the user’s face and follow them as they walk around the room.

The source claims that Siri will be a part of the FaceTime process, but no additional information was given as to what else the virtual assistant will be able to do for you.

Designer Dan Draper created a mock-up of his vision of Apple’s television that shows a base similar to a Mac desktop, only wider and shorter to support the weight of the bigger screen.

In an update to the story, Cult of Mac added that they reached out to TV analyst Paul Gagnon, Director of North American TV Research for NPD DisplaySearch who said he expects Apple to introduce the line of televisions this year. Gagnon speculated that there will likely be two to four sizes ranging from 40-inches to 60-inches. The resolution will be standard 1080p and cost between $1,000 and $2,000. He predicts that the units will ship sometime in 2013.

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