Analyst sees Apple television with ‘iRing’ motion controller and ‘mini iTV’ secondary screen

By , Apr 3, 2013

iRing (Yankodesign 001)

A rumored standalone television set from Apple dubbed iTV continues to be the subject of tremendous speculation, with one analyst recently citing supply chain checks allegedly pointing to a 4K Ultra HD set being built by Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn and slated for an early-2014 launch.

Another analyst now joins the conversation with some pretty wild predictions, also based on – you guessed right – checks with Apple’s suppliers. Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets told one publication Wednesday that after meeting with Apple’s Asian suppliers he now sees some pretty wild stuff in the pipeline.

Specifically, Cupertino will be launching an Apple-branded television set later this year, White says, along with a motion controller of sorts called iRing and a secondary display…

The iTV, White speculates, could be priced between $1,500 and $2,500 and Apple should offer it in screen sizes ranging from 50 to 60 inches.

As for the iRing thingie, White calls it a “navigation pointer” of sorts which taps motion gestures. It’s apparently meant to replace some of the functionality found in a remote.

He’s also calling for a second-screen experience based on a “mini iTV” screen that measures 9.7 inches diagonally, the same as Apple’s full-size iPad. He went on further, claiming the secondary display won’t be an iPad replacement.

For all we know, White may have mistaken that secondary display for a dedicated iPad app. Be that as it may, the mini iTV could also be used for home security, phone calls, video conferencing and what not, he wrote.

AppleInsider relays White’s note to clients, which reads:

Essentially, we believe the mini iTV screens will be able to capture content from the 60-inch iTV across a distance of up to 200 meters, allowing a user to view iTV content in the kitchen, washroom, garage, bedroom, backyard, etc.

We believe Apple will offer one ‘mini iTV’ per iTV, but package options will include up to four screens (i.e., one screen is part of the standard package and pay extra for each additional.

It gets even better.

According to White, a purported Apple smartwatch will tie in to the iTV ecosystem and complement the iRing,  basically “supplanting the need to carry a smartphone around the house.”

Furthermore, we believe iWatch will be an important part of the iTV ecosystem, tapping into iTV services in a much more mobile friendly manner, complementing the iRing.

The interaction between iTV and making phone calls will be an important feature of this experience, while the iWatch and iRing will provide increased mobility around the home, supplanting the need to carry a smartphone around the house.

He’s also being told that iTV could be “subsidized by certain service providers to expand the market opportunity.”

This is just nuts, if you ask me. At this point, with so much conflicting data points floating around it’s difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.

If Apple is indeed working on a television set, I’d imagine the device would have to adopt functions that either don’t exist today or are too cumbersome and difficult to use.

In that regard, a motion controller of some sort certainly sounds plausible – the secondary display as an iPad app even more so – but I just cannot picture Apple shipping a tiny controller worn on the ring finger.

It doesn’t get any wilder than this, no?

iRing concept renders courtesy of Yanko Design.

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  • http://twitter.com/klouud Timothy Polumbo

    while the iRing looks really cool… that is incredibly impractical. There is this thing called motion sensor technology where you don’t have to use peripherals like… say… rings. Also, what if you lose it or swallow it, or throw it away?

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      and not to mention animals and kids eating the damn $100 iring..lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1237742274 Parnak Dave

    I dont know About the TV but i am kinda waiting for the Last iphone now, hope the next one is beast, like a total beast, cause i pre-ordered two Android phone one by one in the last two months and due to the delay in delivery of a month i cancelled both of them and so i just kinda get this feeling of the next iphone is something to wait for now.. In JONY IVE we trust now :) :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      well it wont be all that you want.. the iphone usually delivers about 60% of what consumers want… and “S” models deliver about 20% of what users what in a new iphone..

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1237742274 Parnak Dave

        i bet in Iphone 5 the 60% was changed to about 30%

      • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

        iphone is the best but apple is in no hurry to make it even better cause the competition is doing nothing at alll….lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000945354629 Avery Massenburg

    With a ring, you could lose that easier than any remote. And at this point it’s unnecessary. Samsung TV’s use cameras for their motion navigation. Apple could easily implement some kind of kinect like camera for similar controls.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      I HATE THE KINNECT THING UIT JUST FEELS OD and laggy

    • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

      Or just a multi-touch remote like the Magic mouse or something like that to avoid involuntary movements. For sure more functional than a traditional remote and they could also bring SIRI too.

      Siri (ding ding), record National Geographic at 8pm. (dang dang).

      • sadaN

        hahahahaha
        i loved the ding ding dang dang thing!

  • http://twitter.com/int3nsive Int3nsive

    I bet the iRing is just a parody made by Apple to see Samsung getting really curious about that and release the “sRing” first and then Apple mock them, with a huge troll face.

    • Matthew

      And that would be hilarious.

  • King

    Will never be called iTV due to copyright will probably still be called Apple Tv

    • http://twitter.com/RyanB823 RyanB

      Or iWatch…

  • WolfgangHoltz

    Seems like someone got hold of some LSD again.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joe.jonsen Joe Jonsen

      YEAH THIS ALL SOUNDS VERY UNLIKELY AND STAR TRECK ISH

      • http://twitter.com/yashgorana Yash Gorana

        TREK*

    • No Whammy

      “Analyst sees Apple television with ‘iRing’ motion controller and ‘mini iTV’ secondary screen”

      …in related news, ‘iRing’ analyst is fired from tech firm.

  • iphone4sgamer

    some green lantern shit going on

  • Liam Mulcahy

    A iRing? This guy is out of his mind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/micaiah12 Micaiah Martin

    “one ring to rule them all”

    • http://twitter.com/Antoniogzzx whT!

      Lord of the iRings

  • http://twitter.com/_MitchellPetrie Mitchell Petrie

    I don’t for a second think that the “iTV” will have a motion ring but it would be good to see tech like the MYO in an apple smart watch that could be used with other apple products

  • http://www.facebook.com/iguuuu Igu Hussain

    Doesn’t feel like an apple’s product.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Zeljko-Nikolic/1646404156 Zeljko Nikolic

    i ring is cool.i will put the iring in my nose so i can zap like “Wickie and the strong men”

  • http://twitter.com/brooksbrooks104 brooks whiffen seale

    Good Morning America: “Apple Said they are going to release an iRIng”

    Becuase Apple always says what products they are going to release.

  • iDon’tWantToShareMyDetails

    $2k for a TV that is going to be dropped out of support the following year when a new iTV is announced… Uhmm no thank i prefer Panasonic and their 60-series.