Piper Jaffray’s resident Apple analyst Gene Munster is certainly the biggest proponent of a full-blown Apple television set and I guess you could say he’s actually started the whole craze in the first place.

It’s been a while since we last heard from him, but now Munster’s back with some updates to both iTV and iPhone 5 memes.

He sees an Apple-branded television debuting in December of this year and hitting store shelves in 2013 (hopefully, it won’t be a ‚Äúterrible use of retail space‚ÄĚ).

As for a sixth-generation iPhone, or the iPhone 5 as the press dubbed it, he agrees on the general¬†consensus of¬†an October timeframe, which also jives well with what¬†iMore¬†recently heard from sources, too…

Roger Cheng, writing for CNET, relays Munster’s research note to clients form today:

Munster said he expected the Apple TV product line to cost between $1,500 and $2,000 and range in size from 42 to 55 inches.¬†That’s a considerable premium over typical televisions of that size, which have a range close to $700 to $1,400.

Bear in mind Apple’s always been able to sell its products at a “considerable premium”.

And with the television space being the cut-throat biz it is, no wonder Samsung and Sony both plan to set price minimums on their televisions, an attempt to put a stop to the falling prices and protect their slim profit margins.

The analyst also¬†reiterated¬†that the iPhone 5 will be the “biggest consumer product launch this year” and¬†drive the biggest device upgrade cycle, believing there is an 80 percent chance of Apple selling 49 million iPhone 5 units this year.

As for other products, Munster wrote in the note:

We believe Apple’s product roadmap for the remainder for the year will include meaningful updates to core product lines including the iPhone and Mac.

Speaking of big words, Eric Jackson,¬†the founder and managing member of Ironfire Capital,¬†recently opined that the iTV launch will be¬†“a big seismic shift” in the world of television.

And if you ask Forrester Research’s¬†James McQuivey, the iTV is going to be a non-TV TV¬†you didn’t even know you needed.

Specifically, McQuivey envisions a light and beautiful 32-inch display that can be hung on any wall (especially if you’re Steve Ballmer)¬†to¬†become an iHub, much in the way Apple positioned the Mac as a hub for our digital lifestyle in the early-90s.

Something tells me Steve Ballmer might like this thing.


iPhone 5 concept render by iTopnews.de creative director Toby Kick

Last we heard about iPhone 5 was this leaked front panel part seemingly corroborating the taller display rumor mainstreamed by The Wall Street Journal and corroborated by the well-informed 9to5Mac.

Qualcomm chip shortages possibly delaying the iPhone 5 launch?

Fear not.

Munster bets on¬†Apple’s leadership status allowing the company to secure enough chips, “even if it comes at the expense of other companies”, a notion he shared before.

Peering into his crystal ball, the outspoken analyst saw Apple of California selling a cool 176 million iPads out of a total of 301 million tablets by 2015.

As for tablets overtaking PCs, it’s going to happen “before 2020”.

That the iPhone 5 will land in October is a foregone conclusion at this point, but I wouldn’t bet on the iTV happening this year.

Do these dates make any sense to you?