Apple’s long-rumored television is reportedly at the working prototype stage, with an unnamed source telling Cult of Mac that he’s seen the device firsthand.
According to the report, the television has Siri controls and iSight camera that tracks faces and movement and AirPlay capability to let people stream music and movies from their Apple devices. Visually speaking, he said that the television resembles a large version of Apple’s Cinema Display monitors.
Of course, the report cautions that this is a source who’s seen a prototype and that it’s possible that Apple may never take the device the source has seen to market.
Analysts have said that they expect to see a television from Apple, based on checks with suppliers, but not any time in the near future.
Cult of Mac quotes an analyst from NPD Display Search, Paul Gagnon, who speculated that the television might hit shelves in 2013, while J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz told PC World that he expects to see a set in 2014. Ahead of that, Moskowitz said that he expects that Apple will launch a revamped version of the Apple TV set-top box before a full-blown television.