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Best Buy Survey Describes $1499 42-inch Apple TV

The Apple rumor mill has been pretty busy as of late with the iPad 3. However, it's also managed to generate quite a bit of excitement surrounding the much-rumored iTV or Apple HDTV. Despite no confirmation from Apple (and unlike the iPad 3, we don't have previous products and upgrade cycles to go on), many believe the Cupertino-based company has been working on the project for some time and that we'll finally see the fruits of its labor this year. Adding fuel to the fire is a new survey from Best Buy that was sent to customers and is now doing the rounds on the blogosphere.

It's not unusual for companies to send out surveys regarding new products for customers to fill out. It helps them gauge consumer interest for new stuff. However, according to the Verge, a recent Best Buy survey included information on the as-yet-unconfirmed Apple TV. Described as a 42-inch affair, Best Buy prices the 1080p HDTV at $1499 and says it will run iOS. The TV will support the App Store, iTunes, and iCloud, and users will be able to use their iPhone or iPad as a remote control for the TV. Lastly, the survey mentions an iSight camera complete with microphone and support for Skype.

For its part, Best Buy says the survey was run by a research partner and that references to the Apple TV or possible specs of said TV were hypothetical. Okay, so if we're to believe Best Buy, the product description included in the company's survey was a hypothetical based on the rumors we've been hearing about for months. And, yes, that does make sense. However, it all sounds a little familiar to us. Anyone else remember way back in 2009, when Borders sent out a similar survey asking customers if they planned to buy an 'iPAD' the following year? That reference to Apple's unconfirmed and unannounced iPad was said to be an assumption based on rumors, too...

What do you think? Is Best Buy's research partner just making an educated guess, or do they know something we don't?

*Image Credit: Concept by Guilherme Schasiepen

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  • elcentral
    apple got real qualety screens so its always nice. but im going higer rez for my next one in 3-4 years :b
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  • hardcore_gamer
    Another iOverpriced I$hit.
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  • billybobser
    can combine a $500 screen and $500 htpc for a better quality and more open experience.

    Granted, the Apple TV will be 'easier' to use and require little setting up. But then you could spend $500 for someone to do that and end up with a better product.

    One final point, I doubt these TV's will be upgradeable, nor support 3d by the looks.

    Target market then - rich imbeciles
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  • house70
    You had me at "iTunes"...

    /sarcasm
    "Is Apple's new TV bound for Best Buy with a $1499 price tag?"
    It probably is. What I would really want to see is the new Amoled-based screen, preferably on a LG or Samsung TV. They demoed that at CES. That's the TV I would get, instead of old tech in new shinny case.
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  • billybobser
    To add to what I said, I am eager to see a good implementation for the TV of tomorrow.

    The TV serves little purpose these days beyong consuming ye olde tv channels/dvds, which for the most part (re: anyone technology inclined) is moving to people's pc's with large TVs/Monitors combined with online content, on demand.

    So, question is, how does a new gen TV differentiate itself from a TV wired to a PC, and what does it do better?

    This TV should be an all-in-one central hub for media (and games beyond Angry Turds) in the home, it's looking like a giant iphone however.
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  • drwho1
    $1499 includes a life time supply of rotten apples.
    /sarcasm
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  • elcentral
    hardcore_gamerAnother iOverpriced I$hit.roffle my samsung 32 inch cost me the same and iwe yet to c a better screen and im extremly picky. altho if you go to plasma iwe seen a bit better so if its a bit off a upgrade id + the extra 10" id say its worth the money some whot.
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  • molo9000
    It's not unusual for companies to send out surveys regarding new products for customers to fill out.
    It is for Apple.

    This product makes no sense at all.
    Makes much more sense for Apple to stick to the AppleTV box and content distribution and stay out of the TV business. It's a saturated market anyway. Low-margins, lots of competition. Why would Apple want to get into that?
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  • EDVINASM
    Me happy with Sony 40" LCD 1080p I bought few months back for €450. And the Sandybridge config for gaming extra €750. Now convince me Apple you can do better for more money :)
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  • 9_breaker
    molo9000It is for Apple.This product makes no sense at all.Makes much more sense for Apple to stick to the AppleTV box and content distribution and stay out of the TV business. It's a saturated market anyway. Low-margins, lots of competition. Why would Apple want to get into that?
    probably because they know they will sell .
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