Originally Posted by capnsmak
Is there really an opportunity for Apple to come in and do something radically new or different in the TV space? Could Apple really grab market share (or, hell, even dominate) as it has in the mobile and tablet spaces?
For sure, Apple have had its dubs, but one school of thought says Apple doesn't enter a market just to be "another" vendor, their intend is to disrupt the industry, and that's exciting indeed.
2. What do you think Apple's iTV could really do to differentiate it from the others? Steve Jobs said he "cracked it" -- meaning, he knew how to make a TV that adds substantial new value. What could that be?
According to the Issacson's book, to him "cracked it" means a new, easy to use interface. As we all know, a complicated, currently available clicker interface is contrary to Apple's ethos.
To me, and already mentioned here in several other replies, yes better hardware, but the other 1/2 of the key is CONTENTS. Before iTunes, remember the music content providers were afraid of distributing their contents digitally, Steve Jobs, with his mercurial personality CONVINCED them to go along. This is the other 1/2, Apple has to convince the video providers to play the game, and if any company has the cache, it's certainly Apple.
Would you have any interest in it? Obviously, bang for your buck, it's not going to compete -- but in terms of all the other things Apple does well, would you have any interest in a TV from Apple?
It is like Obama wining the presidency. Even if you don't agree with his politics, the fact that a black man, who not long ago was a slave of this country, is now the most powerful citizen, immediately has a positive effect on the American ideal.
Lots of Apple haters say they never buy an Apple product, it doesn't have a keyboard, it's too small, doesn't do Flash, blah-blah-blah. I ask you, if the iPhone never existed, will anyone think we would have a cool gesture interface? would we have thousands of apps? Would we have super-scratch resistant gorilla glass? (there is a very interesting story how Steve Jobs convinced the CEO of Corning to supply the glass to Apple)
I can't afford a $2,000 TV as somebody reportedly says what the new Apple TV will cost, but I certainly will welcome the new hardware interface (which everybody will copy on short order) and a unified way to obtain contents, which now one has to fire up disparate applications, boxes to access, too painful.
So I say, Apple bring it on
But if I need to buy a TV today, I would buy, but perhaps not yet the time to upgrade if your current TV works fine.