There has been murmurings that Apple plans to launch an Apple television set perhaps next year. Rumors of such a product have been sprouting ever since a quote from Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs led many to believe that an Apple TV is in the works. But what so interesting about an Apple TV? Well apart from it probably sporting a sleek and elegant design that is Apple’s trademark, it seems that Siri could be what sets Apple’s TV apart from the competition.
Siri is probably Apple’s new favorite feature which they couldn’t help but show off during the iPhone event which was held nearly a month ago. It is also one of the key features that helps to set the iPhone 4S apart from its predecessor, so it’s really not surprising to see Apple looking for ways to integrate Siri into future products and services, and the Apple TV appears to be a prime candidate. According to Nick Bilton of the New York Times:
“It’s the stuff of science fiction. You sit on your couch and rather than fumble with several remotes or use hand gestures, you simply talk: “Put on the last episode of Gossip Girl.” “Play the local news headlines.” “Play some Coldplay music videos.” Siri does the rest.
Of course this experience goes beyond just playing TV shows or the local news. As the line between television programming and Web content continues to erode, a Siri-powered television would become more necessary. You aren’t going to want to flip through file folders or baskets of content, checking off what you want. Telling Siri to “play videos of cute cats falling asleep” would return an endless YouTube stream of adorable napping fur balls.”
Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? Well if the rumors are to be believed, Apple’s TV could be seeing an announcement in 2012, with a launch in 2013. We’ll take that with a grain of salt, but in the meantime we’ll leave you to your imagination.