Investor Carl Icahn believes Apple is planning an ultra-high-definition (UHD) TV launch sometime in the future, while other sources say the company shelved those plans more than one year ago. It's a suddenly bizarre discussion that has elicited a lot of passionate statements from analysts and journalists alike.
"According to sources in Silicon Valley familiar with Apple's thinking, Apple will enter into the television market in a huge way by providing an upgraded Apple TV CPU hub combined with a unique controller," according to Michael Yoshikami, CEO and founder of Destination Wealth Management, in an editorial published on CNBC. "It is likely to include both Siri voice recognition as well as a touch-pad interface that could also include force touch."
Interestingly, Yoshikami believes Apple could provide the "brains of the TV" and let consumers pick their own monitor or display - from a growing number of companies that would be more than happy to step in and help offer additional flexibility.
"TV defined by Apple will be the brain, the interface, and an alternative content platform to compete with Netflix."