In some new and exciting news, the first prototypes of the hotly awaited iTV HDTV are now reportedly in production, claims KnowYourMobile (KYM) and their sources in China. Along with Siri, access to iTunes, and exclusive gesture-based controls, the iTV is hoped to be a step forward for Apple.
Apple HDTV 'iTV' prototype in production in China already
We originally heard about some of Apple’s grand plans in the Steve Jobs biography, written by Walter Isaacson, where Isaacson spoke of the plans Jobs had for Apple moving further into television and video on demand. As mentioned in the biography, Jobs was hoping to ‘do for television sets what he had done for computers, music players, and phones: make them simple and elegant.’
The way they plan to discern the iTV from the already existing Apple TV service is yet to become apparent, but we think that the iTV will emphasize user interface, Siri and gesture based controls to a greater extent. There have yet to be any official comments from Apple regarding the iTV HDTV, but if claims of a test batch going into production are true then we may see hints of it later this year. Fingers crossed.
With WWDC 2012 now only weeks away, it may be too soon to expect to see any clue of Apple's leap into the TV market. We'll keep you posted as more develops.