Analysts, investors, and tech pundits have been predicting an Apple-flavored TV set for quite some time now. It seems like everyone wants to see the company do for televisions, what it has for smartphones and tablets.

We’ve heard all kinds of gossip regarding the rumored television set — everything from integrated Siri voice control to built-in iCloud and App Store support. But this is the first time we’ve heard specific details on the hardware…

Smarthouse, an Australian-based tech site, is reporting that it has heard some interesting information on the Apple TV set. It will come in three sizes, ranging from 32 inches to 55 inches, and is expected to be available in time for the holidays next year.

“The Apple TVs will incorporate a new processor that is set to appear in the iPad 3, which is due midway through 2012. A totally new software interface has been written that allows users to call up programs using voice commands via the new Siri personal assistant app built in the ipad, iPhone and directly into the TV.

Sources at a major Japanese company who are involved in manufacturing the TV believe that the 55″ model will compete with new Smart TVs from Samsung and LG that will have new processor built in while offering a combination of OLED display, as well as new Super HD TV technology from LG.”

We’re not familiar with Smarthouse’s track record, but the folks over at MacRumors believe it to be fairly unreliable. However, the ‘three sizes’ rumor has been echoed a few times over the last few months, and it wouldn’t be far-fetched for Apple to produce a 55″ model.

The interesting thing here is the mention of a new processor. If it’s the quad core A6 chip that is rumored to appear in the iPad 3 next year, Apple’s TV set would have enough power to do some pretty cool stuff, including improve the picture quality of your HD content.

Of course, all of this is still speculation at this point. Apple hasn’t made any type of announcement regarding a TV set, and likely wouldn’t before it was ready to present one to the world. But if you’re looking for reasons to believe the above rumor, Apple did just invest heavily in a “major Japanese company” that happens to make TVs.

  • Apple television will fail. I can’t see how creating a full TV set can be better than a small box you can just hook up. It’s just a monitor.

    • Jordet AKA Michael Jordet

      Yeah… just like the iPod and the iPhone and the iPad and the MacBook… Epic failures!

    • Maybe because their current AppleTV and Internet-ready televisions are so popular.

      This is combining the two and moving forward with a current trend. I’ll be itching to get one of these as soon as they come out for sure.

  • Panayiotis Philippou

    I said the same for ipad. But now i can not stop using it.

  • Jon Garrett

    what happened to the other rumor from like 2 days ago saying Apple TV will be discontinued? WTH.

  • I do not believe Apple would like to do all the experience of a TV set mainly because there are too many Digital TV Standarts all over the planet and I think it’s a huge step to control the production of a device that uses a pattern in Europe, other in USA, other in Japan, other in Brazil and so on… Apple would have to buy part of the hardware in each market and I think that this change in logistic do not justifies over the possibility of improving the small Apple TV that we have today.

  • Dan

    I like apple, but doubt I’d hop on board. A tv is a tv, if it’s more expensive I’d go somewhere else.

    • Yeah sure, a phone is just a phone >,<

      • Dan

        well… there’s a different between the run of the mill phone and iPhone… If they innovate to that extent with their TV (which I find unlikely), then I might get one 🙂