According to a report from Canadian publication, The Globe and Mail, Apple’s rumored TV set is already in the hands of Rogers and BCE. It makes sense, since it was speculated yesterday that Cupertino were seeking partnerships with both cable and internet service providers. Unlike the iPhone when it was launched, exclusivity isn’t the aim:
“They’re not closed to doing it with one [company] or doing it with two,” said one source who is familiar with the talks. “They’re looking for a partner. They’re looking for someone with wireless and broadband capabilities.”
In an interesting turn of the rumor spinning wheel, it appears as though the set will be controlled only by an advanced version of Siri and motion detection. If this rumor is true, there will be no physical remote control at all. We’ve become so accustomed to using a zapper, anyone who switches to this set will undoubtedly take some time to get used to the new way of switching channels.
“An on-screen keyboard, meanwhile, can also be activated in a similar manner, allowing viewers to surf the web, conduct video chats and use social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook — all without any physical interface.”
It does baffle me a little that a TV could have an onscreen keyboard without a touch screen, relying on voice and motion only. But, if this turns out to be Apple’s vision, it’s sure exciting.
What do you think? Could you live with a TV with no physical remote?