“I couldn’t believe that people would really believe that Muskie was eating Ibogaine. I never said he was. I said there was a rumor in Milwaukee that he was. Which was true. And I started the rumor in Milwaukee.”—Hunter S. Thompson
I’m reminded of that quote every time a story pops up claiming that Apple is really, truly, actually and for seriously bringing out an iTV. This year. Mean it. Promise this time. Well, that’s the rumor, anyway. The latest outlet to jump on the iTV rumor bandwagon is the Associated Press, which in a new story this week quotes analyst Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets as saying that
the “iTV” will be 60 inches on the diagonal, but could also come in 50- and 55-inch versions. Apple will also release a small “iRing” that fits on the viewer’s finger, allowing the user to control the screen by pointing…
CNET has more information on the “iRing, but the most intriguing — and potentially outlandish — aspect of this updated rumor is this:
In addition, the set will come with tablet-like “mini iTVs” with 9.7-inch screens, the same as the full-size iPad, White said. The “iTV” will be able to send video to the smaller screens wirelessly around the house. The concept is similar to the way in which cable and satellite TV companies are starting to let their set-top boxes send video to iPads and other tablets.
Really? I mean, shouldn’t there just be an app for that?
Of course, there are unnamed sources paraphrased in the piece to add a little substance, but at this point, I have to admit, I simply no longer care. We’ve been hearing — with certainty — uncountable months’ worth of rumors about an iTV that has failed time and time again to materialize when it was predicted to. And I’ll also admit that we at HomeTechTell have been as guilty as any other outlet at passing those rumors along. But it’s time for that to stop. For all we know, Mr. White’s sources may be rock solid this time around. The iTV may actually be coming this time, this year. Really. But until something more concrete actually materializes, I’m done worrying about it.