There’s rumors, and then there’s crazy rumors. And this one definitely falls in the latter category. The folks over at TechnoBuffalo are reporting that Apple’s TV set is much closer to launch than we previously thought.

Citing a “high-ranking source with a major electronics retailer,” the site is claiming that the Cupertino company is looking to debut its rumored television set as early as April of this year…

“Speaking in conditions of anonymity, the source said they’ve seen “gorgeous, very thin” pre-production versions of the set in person, and that they employ OLED panels at various sizes up to 42-inches…

…While we don’t know if the set will be running it’s own version of iOS, we do know that it will have deep integration with devices running the popular operating system. They’ll also sport Siri style voice controls as well as facial recognition software, and plans for the TV’s voice control system are said to far exceed what’s currently in use on the iPhone 4S. And if the user opts to not use voice, an iOS device can be used as a stand in remote. Apple execs are reportedly describing the new product line as a “hub” to your life, replacing the PC as the most-used device in a consumer’s home.”

To be fair, everything mentioned in the report is fairly plausible. OLED is the hot new TV technology on the block, as seen at CES this year, so it would make sense that Apple would use it. And the noted Siri and facial recognition features fall in line with previous rumors.

So why are we labeling this a crazy rumor? Well every other bit of gossip we’ve heard regarding Apple’s TV set points to a late-2012, if not 2013, release. April-May of 2012 just seems far too soon. Not to mention that this entire report is based on information from an electronics retailer — think Best Buy — employee. Even if he’s “high ranking,” as TechnoBuffalo suggests, it’s hard to imagine that Apple executives would give a Best Buy employee a sneak peek at a pre-production version of its yet-to-be announced TV set.

Don’t get us wrong, we’d love for this to be true. We’re anxious to see if Apple can do for TV what it’s done for both the smartphone and tablet industries. But all of the current evidence suggests otherwise. We’ll let you know as soon as that changes.

What do you think? Will Apple debut a TV set in the next few months?

  • are we looking at a projected price yet? I’m assuming it’ll be premium – say ~$4,000 for a 60″

  • Anonymous

    Yea….. And it will be manufactured by SAMSUNG!!!! LOL!!!! BTW, I have a Unicorn I’d like to sell you with that bridge…..

    Humor aside, another reason I feel this is a huge rumor – the article said “sizes up to 42-inches” — ONLY 42 inches!!!! RIGHT!!!!…. That’ll go over like a “fart in a space-suit”…..

    All that said – I will certainly be interested in seeing what they come up with combining the current Apple TV product with a large flat screen.

    Honestly, if there is a product that is being developed that is “up to 42-inches” I believe in reality we are looking at a future MAC computer or Monitor – they already have one that is 32-inches, so jumping up to a 42-inch is much more realistic, targeting the home computer PC with Television integration capability.

    • I’m assuming that’s all the retina can handle? Possibly with the iOS? I know LG is going to be coming out with their OLED sometime this year and it is 55″, but they also are planning on pricing it somewhere in the $7000-$10000 range.

      You have to remember that on top of the iOS, Siri like assistant, facial recognition, and the OLED display (which is a brand new technology) make it incredibly more advanced than I suspect the LG or any other will be. Also, Apple is trying to reach a broader market and pricing up to $4000, which in this case means 42″, sounds just about right.

      I am so excited for this to come out, I just wish it was now while I have student loan and tax refund money up the @ss! It’s going to be incredible!

  • Anonymous

    To answer your question, no.

  • I’m just holding out for an updated Apple TV with an app store on it, that’d be pretty great.

  • Highly unlikely…but you never know 🙂

  • taking to iphone:” hey siri, on my tv”
    siri:”please hold”